Acclaimed poet and author Nikki Giovanni to speak at WCCCD’s Global Conversation Speakers Series

 In celebration of Women’s History Month, Wayne County Community College District welcomes award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni  at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March  22nd at the Eastern Campus  located at 5901 Conner Avenue in Detroit.
The event, open to the public at no cost, is part of the District’s Global Speakers Series, and is presented in partnership with the WCCCD Student Services Division.
Nikki Giovanni is a nationally renowned writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children’s literature. Giovanni is the author of numerous children books and poetry collections, including Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid, Bicycles: Love Poems; Acolytes; The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998; Blues For All the Changes: New Poems.
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Giovanni is a graduate of Fisk University. She reached prominence during the late 1960s, being inspired by the Civil Rights Movement.  Her unique and insightful poetry testifies to her own evolving awareness and experiences. Frequently anthologized, Giovanni’s poetry expresses strong racial pride and respect for family. Her informal style makes her work accessible to both adults and children.
Giovanni has received numerous awards and honors for her work including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Dedication and Commitment to Service, three NAACP Image Awards for Literature, and the Langston Hughes award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters in. She is currently a Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech University, where she has taught since 1987.
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