Published on April 26, 2011 by Aquarius
Eunice Kathleen Waymon was an American singer, songwriter. Born the sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina, Nina’s prodigious musical talent prompted her ambition to become the first black concert pianist, but the realities of poverty and racial prejudice forced her to redirect her ambitions.
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She had mixed heritage including Native American, African American and Irish. Simone’s mother, Mary Kate Waymon (who lived into her late 90s) was a strict Methodist minister; her father, John Divine Waymon, was a handyman and sometime barber who suffered bouts of ill-health.
Birth Name: Eunice Kathleen Waymon
Date of Birth: February 21, 1933
Birth Place: Tyron, North Carolina, United States
Ethnicity: African American, Irish, Native American