Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni quote

Nikki Giovanni, born this month in 1943, is an African American poet, activist and educator.  She first gained fame during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and was known then as the “Poet of the Black Revolution”.  Known not only for her poetry but also for nonfiction essays and children’s literature, she has won numerous awards including the NAACP Image Award, the Rosa L Parks Women of Courage Award, and the Langston Hughes Medal.  Her Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Photo credit: inspirational-black-literature.com

Giovanni has taught at several American universities and currently is a University Distinguished Professor of writing and literature at Virginia Tech.

To read more writers’ quotes or to participate in this challenge, check out Silver Threading’s post here.


10 Comments Add yours

    1. Thanks so much! There’s much to be said for an untamed spirit…


  1. Here’s to never being tamed or trained. Love the introduction to this poet and her words. Many thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! I first read her poetry back in the early 1970s. She certainly never has been tamed!


  2. Silver Threading says:

    Welcome back! I love the look of your new theme. It works for you! Your quote is amazing. It speaks to me of the freedom we have in our words and being able to say what we want. Imagine living where we could not pour our words out. Well done. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I really appreciate your comments! And I’m glad you like the theme. I spend hours playing around with themes and always wonder if there’s an even better one that will work for me.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Silver Threading says:

        It looks amazing. ☺🌟

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Hello! Great quote! Thanks for the info on her. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! I studied her poetry in university back in the early 1970s.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.