- Nina Simone sacrificed her musical career for her activism
- She wrote songs that became anthems of the civil rights movement
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(CNN)I was surfing online when I stumbled upon a mural in Baltimore painted by artist Ernest Shaw. It's a three-headed portrait of civil rights icons: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and, of course, Nina Simone.