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Poet Nikki Giovanni to speak at ECU

Poet Nikki Giovanni
GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Mar. 3, 2009)   —   World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni will speak March 27 at East Carolina University. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium and is part of the campus' Ledonia Wright Cultural Center Day celebration. A reception will follow in the Bate Building.

One of the most widely read American poets, Giovanni prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." Giovanni remains committed to the fight for civil rights and equality and has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others.

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Giovanni grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her sister spent their summers with their grandparents in Knoxville, and she graduated with honors from Fisk University, her grandfather's alma mater, in 1968. She published her first book of poetry, "Black Feeling Black Talk," in 1968, and in the next year published a second book, launching her career as a writer. Early in her career, she was dubbed the "Princess of Black Poetry," and after more than three decades of publishing and lecturing, has come to be called a "National Treasure" and, most recently, one of Oprah Winfrey's 25 "Living Legends."

The author of some 30 books for adults and children, Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Tickets can be purchased through the East Carolina University Central Ticket Office by calling (252) 328-4788 or 1-800-ECUARTS or by visiting Admission is $5 for East Carolina University students, $15 for the general public, and $5 for children.  

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 328-6799 (V) or (252) 328-0899 (TTY).


Contact: Ledonia Wright Cultural Center | 252-328-6495