As part of the Black History Month observance at Indiana University Northwest, best-selling author and poet Nikki Giovanni will deliver a special presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Savannah Center Auditorium. Drawing from nearly 40 years of written works and personal experiences, Giovanni will reflect on a lifetime of civil-rights activism through creativity while also discussing relevant contemporary issues.
One of America’s most widely read poets, Giovanni was known early in her career as the “Princess of Black Poetry.” Her poetry collections include: “Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgment,” “Night Comes Softly,” “My House, Ego-Tripping, and Other Poems for Young People,” “Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day,” and the Los Angeles Times best-seller “Blues: For All the Changes,” which also won an NAACP Image Award.
Giovanni is also an accomplished essayist and children’s author whose recent children’s picture book “Rosa,” about civil-rights icon Rosa Parks, rose to third on the New York Times Best-Seller list. Giovanni’s 1971 autobiography, “Gemini,” was a National Book Award finalist.
Giovanni has also been honored for her spoken-word recordings. Her album “Truth is on its Way,” on which Giovanni reads her poetry against a background of gospel music, became a top 100 album and received the award for Best Spoken Word Album given by the National Association of Radio and Television Announcers. The “Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection,” on which the writer reads and talks about her poetry, was one of five Grammy Award finalists. As part of her presentation, Giovanni will give live readings from a selection of her works.
Giovanni has provided an important creative voice in the fight for civil rights and equality for nearly 40 years. Her contributions to American letters and culture have earned Giovanni countless admirers from all corners of modern society. She recently was honored by Oprah Winfrey as one of 25 “Living Legends.” IU Northwest is pleased to host Giovanni on our campus, and we invite educators, community leaders, students, and all other community members to attend this thought-provoking program.
“An Evening with Nikki Giovanni” begins at 7 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium, located on the IU Northwest campus at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Ind. Doors open at 6:30. This program is co-sponsored by the IU Northwest Departments of Minority Studies and Women’s Studies, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Life, Black Student Union and the Diversity Programming Series.