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Black Pearls of Wisdom from Nikki Giovanni

Last week, I had the pleasure of hearing Nikki Giovanni speak in person. If you’re not familiar, Nikki Giovanni is a global treasure. She is one of the most applauded poets living. Also an activist, commentator and more. Her poetry speaks to and for people of all kinds, but especially black women – and we are proud to have her voice.

The event was free to attend thanks to the Houston Public Library. I went with one of my best friends and we were both truly impacted by the experience. Here are some of my favorite quotes and takeaways from the inspiring lecture event.

Personally, I believe that there are several social issues that need resolutions. I didn’t take her comparison as a diminishing of current issues, but more of a charge to act instead of simply complain. Giovanni was active in the SNCC and Black Arts Movement, so action is not a foreign concept to her.

 

 

 

The highlight of the night was when, during the interview portion, Houston Chron reporter Cindy George asked Giovanni to recite her famous poem Ego Tripping, which was for me one of the night’s highlights since it is one of my favorite poems. It was a pleasure to attend and to have Nikki Giovanni autograph the books I purchased for myself and my sons thanks to Brazos Bookstore being on site at the event. Nikki Giovanni, like the evening, was delightful.

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