Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: To Be Young Gifted and Black

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is Nina Simone and her song, “Young, Gifted and Black:

The playwright Lorraine Hansberry inspired Nina Simone to write and perform this song. Lorraine Hansberry was an African American playwright. Her most famous work is “Raisin in the Sun”. After her death in 1965, the autobiographical play, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” ran off Broadway for the 1968 – 1969 season. Nina Simone’s song was meant to inspire black children everywhere.