Nikki Giovanni, worldrenowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator, will be the keynote speaker for Western Carolina University’s annual celebration in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Giovanni, who has been called the “Princess of Black Poetry,” will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. The address and most King celebration events at WCU are free and open to the public.
Giovanni’s first book of poetry, called “Black Feeling Black Talk,” was published in 1968 and launched her prolific writing career. Her later publications include “Gemini,” an autobiography that was a finalist for the National Book Award. She received the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry and was named the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award as well as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends.”