Nikki Giovanni Biography

Nikki Giovanni is one of the world's most well-known African-American poets, her work covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children's literature. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943. Although she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Nikki graduated with honors in history from her grandfather's alma mater, Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.

When Giovanni's poems first emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the 1960s, she immediately took her place among the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. She remains today one of the commanding voices gracing Americas political and poetic landscape.

Throughout her career, Giovanni has written words that last. Her distinctive style presents the truth, committing passion to the fight for social justice. Her autobiography, "Gemini", was a finalist for the National Book Award; "Love Poems", "Blues: For All the Changes", and "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea" were all honored with NAACP Image Awards. Her children's picture book, "Rosa", about civil rights legend Rosa Parks, became a Caldecott Honors Book and a New York Times bestseller. Her *"Racism 101" is part of college curricula, offering a bold and compelling portrait of Americans on all sides of the race issue.

Giovanni is the recipient of a NAACP Image Award, Langston Hughes Medal for poetry and the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award. She has been named woman of the year by Mademoiselle, The Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony. Oprah has called her one of the twenty-five living legends.

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Nikki Giovanni Videos

WIU Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
Why Not the Right Thing the First Time | Nikki Giovanni | TEDxHerndon
An Evening with Nikki Giovanni -- Point Loma Writer’s Symposium

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Nikki Giovanni is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Nikki Giovanni for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Nikki Giovanni generally travels from Virginia, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nikki Giovanni for an upcoming event.

Nikki Giovanni Videos

WIU Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
Why Not the Right Thing the First Time | Nikki Giovanni | TEDxHerndon
An Evening with Nikki Giovanni -- Point Loma Writer’s Symposium

Nikki Giovanni Reviews

  • Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) - Mar 05 2020

  • The Curators of the University of Missouri on behalf of MU Conference Office - Feb 21 2017

Nikki Giovanni Speaking Topics

  • Human by the Grace of God: A View of Diversity

  • Tennessean By Birth; Poet By Choice

  • Celebrating Black Heroes and Heroines

  • Women's Lives, Women's Power

  • Using the Past to Shape the Future

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