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Nikki Giovanni to Deliver Keynote Address Feb. 5 for Black History Month Celebration at WIU

December 4, 2017

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University's Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center will host American poet, writer, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 in the University Union Grand Ballroom as the keynote address of the University's Black History Month celebration.
Born Yolande Cornelia Giovanni Jr. in Knoxville, TN, and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Giovanni attended Fisk University, and graduated with honors. She has been a part of Virginia Tech's faculty since 1987, and was named a University Distinguished Professor.
Giovanni has received hundreds of awards for her writing, activism and performance in the academic world; including seven NAACP awards and four "Woman of the Year" awards from Ebony magazine, the Ladies Home Journal and others.
The WIU Black History Month presentation is open free to the public.

For more information about Giovanni, visit

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