Join us for a “A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni” on Wednesday, February 8th | 6:00 – 7:30 PM EST in the Rackham Auditorium. moderated by the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies faculty, Dr. SaraEllen Strongman, Michigan Medicine Special Programs Manager and DEI Practitioner, Blaire Tinker, M.Ed. and Kayla Tate, Black Student Union Speaker.
Nikki Giovanni is a Grammy-nominated poet, National Book Award finalist, recipient of several NAACP Image Awards, the Rosa Parks Women of Courage Award, a Literary Excellence Award, the Langston Hughes Medal and a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. Ms. Giovanni is one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement and has authored 3 New York Times and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers. Her experiences are incredibly relevant and perfectly aligned with the theme of this year’s for the Black History Month.
Giovanni last visited the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in January 1999 to speak at the annual MLK, Jr. Day Symposium. While on campus, she also spoke to a group of students in the Nikki Giovanni Lounge in Mosher-Jordan Hall. This lounge celebrates her activism and literary contributions which centers race, gender, sexuality and the African-American family.
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