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Happy Birthday, Nikki Giovanni!

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Let’s honor this iconic poet and Civil Rights activist on her birthday.

On June 7th, 1943, Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr. was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She graduated magna cum laude from Fisk in 1967 with a B.A. in history. Growing up during the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., Giovanni established herself as one of the leading voices in the Black Arts Movement.  As a poet and author, Giovanni captured her audience’s attention by challenging existing assumptions about poetry and shining a light on issues of race, gender, sexuality, and politics.

While she first made a name for herself as a poet, Giovanni also went on to publish nonfiction essays and children’s books, work as an educator, and even feature as a television personality.  Some of her most famous poetic works include the following:

  • Black Feeling, Black Talk (1968)
  • Black Judgement (1968)
  • Re: Creation (1970)
  • The Women and The Men (1975)
  • Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day (1978)
  • Woman (1978)
  • Those Who Ride The Night Winds (1983)
  • Knoxville, Tennessee (1994)
  • Love Poems (1997)
  • Blues: For All the Changes (1999)
  • Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems (2002)
  • Acolytes (2007)
  • Bicycles: Love Poems (2009) (William Morrow)
  • Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid (2013) (HarperCollins)

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we celebrate Nikki Giovanni’s birthday. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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