American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni will be on campus on March 3 as part of the University’s Centennial Speaker series.
She will recite some of her award winning poetry on topics that range from the American Civil Rights Movement, empowerment for women, and the many roles that Black women have played throughout the history of the United States.
Nikki Giovanni is one of the world’s most well-known poets. Influenced by the American Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement, she gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. During her storied career, she has received the NAACP Image Award several times, at least twenty honorary doctorates, and many other awards, including the Rosa L. Parks Women of Courage Award and the Langston Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters. Giovanni has taught at Queens College, Rutgers and Ohio State, and is currently a University distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech.
Note: This is not a public event. This event is open to the Campus Community, only.