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NO FEAR: The Extraordinary Life & Talent of Nina Simone | Thurs. Feb. 17 (6-7:15 pm) via Zoom

February 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

A FREE virtual program as part of Carolina K-12’s William Friday Virtual Education Initiative

“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me:  no fear.”

Prodigy. Pianist. Songwriter. Singer. Activist. Nina Simone. Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina on February 21st, 1933, Nina Simone is an icon of American music and one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century. Her activism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s earned her the title of “Singer of the Black Revolution.”

Join Carolina K-12 for the next installment of the William Friday Virtual Education Series to explore the incredible life and career of Nina Simone, as well as her place in every classroom, from history to ELA to music. Acclaimed musician and professor Lenora Helm Hammonds will discuss Nina Simone’s life and music, from Nina’s early years growing up in North Carolina as a musical prodigy to her activism in the Civil Rights Movement.

Additionally, In special appreciation of our state’s PreK – 12 teachers, and in acknowledgement of the extraordinary times educators are currently managing, 60 attendees will receive a FREE copy of the new, award-winning children’s book, “Nina,” to be mailed post-event. A lesson plan for teaching about Nina Simone by Carolina K-12 will also be provided.


 This event is funded by the North Caroliniana Society and presented by Carolina K-12.

 *A copy of “Nina” will be mailed to the first 60 PreK-12 educators who 1.) attend the entire virtual event, 2.) submit a short evaluation afterwards, & 3.) are currently working in a North Carolina public, charter or private school or preschool. (A link for the evaluation will be shared during the live virtual event, where teachers will submit their mailing address. Copies are limited and will be distributed in the order of evaluations received (up to the first 60.) Please allow 2-3 weeks after the event for books to arrive.


February 17, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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