an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Her primary focus is on the individual and the power one has to make a difference in oneself and in the lives of others. Giovanni’s poetry expresses strong racial pride, respect for family, and her own experiences as a daughter, a civil rights activist, and a mother. She is currently a distinguished professor of English at Virginia Tech.
Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to Yolande Cornelia, Sr. and Jones "Gus" Giovanni. She grew up in Lincoln Heights, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1960 began her studies at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, her grandfather's alma mater. She graduated in 1967... more »
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- Knoxville Tennessee
- A Poem Of Friendship
- Love Is
- And I Have You
- I Wrote A Good Omelet
- Kidnap Poem
- A Summer Love Poem
- I'm Not Lonely
- My First Memory ( Of Librarians )
- Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day
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''There're two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave.''Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet. conversation in London, Nov. 4, 1971, with James Baldwin. A Dialogue (1973).
''If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.''Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet. A Dialogue (1973). from a conversation, Nov. 4, 1971, with James Baldwin in London.
''White people really deal more with God and black people with Jesus.''Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet. A Dialogue (1973). from a conversation with James Baldwin, London (Nov. 4, 1971).
''There're two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave.''Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet, and James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. A Dialogue (1973). from a conversation in London, Nov. 4, 1971.
''A white face goes with a white mind. Occasionally a black face goes with a white mind. Very seldom a white face will have a black mind.''Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet. from a conversation with James Baldwin, in London, Nov. 4, 1971. A Dialogue (1973).
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