Nikki Giovanni Quote
“Once you know who you are, you don’t have to worry any more.”
Yolande Cornelia Nikki Giovanni Jr. (born 1943) is a writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world’s most well-known African American poets work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children’s literature.
Nikki has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal, the NAACP Image Award, and has been nominated for a Grammy Award,for her Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has recently been named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s twenty- five “Living Legends.
Nikki Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the civil rights and Black Power movements of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African- American perspective which led her to be dubed the “Poet of the Black Revolution.
Learn more about Nikki and her life’s work on her website.
Art by August Macke.