About Nikki Giovanni
Virginia Tech professor, Dr. Nikki Giovanni, will speak at the 64th ICA annual conference on November 9, 2012, in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Giovanni is more than a celebrity. She is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. She is a daughter, a mother, a cancer survivor, a professor, and a witness to civil right movement. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. Emerging from the Black Arts Movement in the 60’s, Dr. Nikki Giovanni is the recipient of 25 honorary degrees and the author of 30 books for adults and children. She has been called a national treasure and the Princess of Black Poetry.
Dr. Giovanni first came to prominence after writing poetry responding to the loss of Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, Robert Kennedy, and Malcolm X. Dr. Giovanni was also galvanized by the nonviolent resistance and bravery of Rosa Parks, who was a good friend of Dr. Giovanni’s for more than two decades. Dr. Giovanni is honest, provocative, funny, and personal. Her work focuses on the individual and on the power one has to make a difference in oneself and in the lives of others. Dr. Giovanni’s work of poetic justice and her discussion of the ideals of equality fit the ICA 2012 conference theme very well: The Courage for Equality: Love, Work, Society.
There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don't expect you to save the world I do think it's not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.