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Nina Simone was rejected by Curtis Institute of Music; received honorary degree.

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Nina Simone was rejected by Curtis Institute of Music; received honorary degree.

A young Nina Simone had failed her audition here as a pianist. It is said to have motivated her to become what she did. Racism is often given as the reason. Curtis Institute bestowed an honorary degree upon her just days before she died. See, for ex., the Philadelphia Inquirer, May 16, 2019, p. B6.

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Location Name: Curtis Institute of Music
Location: 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States
Listing Category: African American History, Alumni, Blues Music, Classical Music, Entertainment, Folk Music, Inspirational, Role Model, Jazz, Music, Pop Music, Schools, Universities
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Created Date: 05-16-2019

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Name : Frank Chmielewski
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : Ms. Simones Curtis audition was on April 7, 1951, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 16, 2015, at p. H10. The same article offers opinions that race was not a factor in her rejection.
Date : 2019-05-17

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