World-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni to give presentation at TTU on Feb. 25World-renowned poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni will make a special guest appearance at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Tennessee Tech University’s Derryberry Hall Auditorium.
She says she prides herself for being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English,” and her appearance at TTU is among campus events in observance of February as Black History Month.
For more than 30 years, Giovanni’s outspokenness — in both her writing and lectures — has brought her worldwide attention.
Early in her career, she was dubbed the “Princess of Black Poetry,” and more recently, she has come to be called both a “national treasure” and one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends.”
Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to campaigning for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community.
Many of her books have also received honors and awards. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award. A book of her poetry, For All the Changes, reached number four on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, and most recently, Rosa, her children’s picture book about civil rights legend Rosa Parks, became a Caldecott Honors Book. It also reached number three on the New York Times bestseller list.
Giovanni’s presentation, a Center Stage event co-sponsored by TTU’s Minority Affairs Office, is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Minority Affairs at 931/372-3392.