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(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Nikki Giovanni, Then and Now

July 14th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance


Nikki Giovanni then: Black Arts poet and nationalist revolutionary in the 1960s.


Nikki Giovanni now: Award-winning poet, social justice advocate, and Virginia Tech faculty member.


We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.

– Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech, following the tragic deaths on Monday, April 16, 2007

Posted by Ajuan Mance

Posted in Academia, African Americans, Black History, Current Events, Higher Education, Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Tech

9 Responses

  1. Stan

    The pictures show quite a transition on the outside, but the core person is always there on the inside, even as it evolves and matures over time.

  2. Sukhmandir Kaur

    She appears sicnere and serene both then and now.

  3. JamericanSpice

    Thanks for sharing her. I must go look up some of her poetry.

    Indeed her physical transition is serene.

  4. Jen

    HAPPY WW! Great Site!

  5. Villager

    Happy WW! Ms. Giovanni is a woman who is very comfortable within her own skin. Her poetry during the Virginia Tech memorial will never be forgotten by those of us that witnessed it…

    I invite your blog readers to enjoy imagery of our nation’s efforts to rise towards the heavens!

    peace, Villager

  6. Grampy

    Very nice nostalgia.

  7. DNLee

    Happy WW!

  8. Nightowlmama

    wise words luv the quote

  9. Clnmike

    I must say the woman always had style to her.