Poet, activist, mother, and Professor Nikki Giovanni was born June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tennessee. While a student at Fisk University, she re-established the campus’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Chapter in 1965. Over the span of thirty years, Nikki has received nineteen honorary degrees from colleges and universities, and numerous achievement, humanitarian, and recognition awards including Woman of the Year for Ebony, Mademoiselle, Essence, and Ladies Home Journal magazines; YWCA Woman of the Year; Outstanding Woman of Tennessee Award; Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame induction; Outstanding Humanitarian Award, The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; two Tennessee Governor’s Award in the Arts and in the Humanities; the Virginia Governor’s Award; Caldecott Honors for Rosa; and seven NAACP Image Awards. She was also the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award. Nikki Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. She continues to read her work all across the country.
Chasing Utopia | Saturday May 17th, 10:00 am – 10:50 am, Richland Meeting Room A,B,C