Black Liberation 1969 Archive

"To Be Young, Gifted and Black"

Description

Lyrics were written by Weldon Irvine. 

"To Be Young, Gifted and Black" was first released as a single in 1970, then on the album Black Gold. 

This recording comes from the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969.

Creator

Nina Simone

Publisher

NinaFestival
published via YouTube.com

Date

1969

Coverage

"To Be Young, Gifted and Black" was a Top Ten R&B hit, peaking at #8. It reached #76 on the Hot 100. It was inspired by Lorraine Hansberry, author of Raisin in the Sun.

Player

Citation

Nina Simone, “"To Be Young, Gifted and Black",” Black Liberation 1969 Archive, accessed September 23, 2017, http://blacklib1969.swarthmore.edu/items/show/1250.