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Nikki Giovanni



Nikki Giovanni (Yolande Cornelia Giovanni Jr.) is an American activist and poet. She was a prominent member of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s and has published poem anthologies, essay collections, and children’s books.

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Racism 101

A collection of insights, opinions, and expressions includes a survival guide for black students on predominantly white campuses, indicts higher education, and offers haunting portraits of grandparents, musings on poetry, thoughts on the sixties, and a debate on American values.

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Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgement

Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgement is one of the single most important volumes of modern African-American poetry.

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On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals

Ever since she was a little girl attending three different churches, poet Nikki Giovanni has loved the spirituals.

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Nikki Giovanni Interviews Muhammad Ali

A real educational and heart felt talk between two deep thinkers.

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Selected Poems

By 1963 the civil rights movement was in full swing across the United States, and more and more African American writers were increasingly outspoken in attacking American racism and insisting on full political, economic, and social equality for all.

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Nikki Giovanni: ‘Martin Had Faith in the People’

The day after King’s death, the writer-activist wrote a poem about what his loss meant to a movement. Fifty years later, she discusses how his model of leadership lives on.

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Get Real! Wise Women Speak

Explores the value and meaning of women's lives as they age.

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Nikki Giovanni Love, Work, Society

Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned American poet, writer, activist, and educator, appeared at the Governors State University Center for Performing Arts on November 7, 2012. She will speak on The Courage for Equality: Nikki Giovanni Love, Work, Society.

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The Sun Is So Quiet

The quiet and noisy, wintery and sometimes sunny poems in The Sun Is So Quiet will always make you smile. Nikki Giovanni describes riding rainbows, tiptoeing through strawberry patches, licking chocolaty fingers, snuggling under covers, and many other wonderful childhood moments.

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Nikki Giovanni Reads Her Poem “Vote”

Nikki Giovanni is 77, a civil rights activist, a poet driven to give voice to the Black community, and a self-described “little old lady” with a tattoo that reads “thug life.” And this fall, she has one message (written in verse, of course): VOTE.​

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