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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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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 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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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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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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Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose

In Make Me Rain, Nikki Giovanni celebrates her loved ones and unapologetically declares her pride in her Black heritage, while exploring the enduring impact of the twin sins of racism and white nationalism.

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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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A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter

As energetic and relevant as ever, Nikki now offers us an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart.

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Gemini: An Extended Autobiographical Statement My First Twenty-Five Years of Being a Black Poet

A young poet, attuned to the social problems of contemporary America, reveals her thoughts on the black experience.

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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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