Talib Kweli, John Legend, More Help To Restore Nina Simone's Childhood Home

Talib has joined a group of artists who are working to save the childhood home of Nina Simone.

(AllHipHop News) Talib Kweli, John Legend, Yusuf Islam, and actor Mahershala Ali have vowed to help raise funds for the restoration and preservation of Nina Simone's childhood home.

The property in Tryon, North Carolina was designated as a National Treasure by officials at America's National Trust last year when they purchased the place in the hope of turning it into a museum honoring the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee's musical career and activism.

Now a crowdfunding campaign has been launched on Indiegogo to allow members of the public to donate to efforts to renovate the exterior of the house, where the late jazz and blues legend discovered her gift for playing the piano.

Actress Issa Rae is also lending support to the cause, which fans can also back by purchasing new merchandise inspired by the singer.

In addition, a number of the celebrities involved in the campaign have also donated special collectibles to boost finances for restoration, which will be undertaken by representatives from the National Trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, aimed at uncovering and uplifting stories of achievement, activism, and community.

In a press release announcing the Indiegogo effort, Legend states: "Spaces devoted to the history and legacy of people of color, especially women of color, are far too few in America today.

"Preserving places like the Nina Simone childhood home will help keep her powerful story alive. This campaign pays tribute to Simone's unapologetic pursuit of musical, personal and political freedom. I'm proud to be a part of it."

Nina Simone died in 2003 at her home in France, aged 70.

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