Annual MLK Commemoration: “Faith in the People,” Nikki Giovanni

Event time: 
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Woolsey Hall See map
500 College Street
New Haven 06511
Event description: 
The University and Greater New Haven communities are invited to attend this year’s two-part MLK Commemoration that honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are pleased to announce that Angela Davis and Nikki Giovanni will serve as this year’s keynote speakers.
These events are free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, attendees will need to get a ticket via Eventbrite and present a separate ticket for each event. Information on both events can be found below.
Doors open at 5:30pm for each event. Please note that seating is first come, first served. Location is wheelchair accessible.
Speaker info: Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past 30 years, her outspokenness in her writing and in lectures has garnered attention from around the globe. One of the most widely read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” Determined and committed to the fight for civil rights and equality, Giovanni remains a strong voice of the Black community and dedicated to presenting the truth as she sees it. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others. 
Over her illustrious career, Giovanni has penned more than 30 books for both adults and children, and she has earned numerous honors and awards for her work. The recipient of some 25 honorary degrees, she has been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony Magazine. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and she has also been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. Note: The Eventbrite link for the Jan. 23 event feat. Nikki Giovanni can be found here:

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