OAK PARK – She’s been ego tripping for three decades and there is a reason.
World renown poet Nikki Giovanni is set to speak in Sacramento on Monday, November 17 as part of 2014 Indivizible Speakers Series. She’ll make her appearance at the Guild Theatre, in Oak Park during the organization’s monthly meeting.
Ms. Giovanni is known for works of poetry that speak to her commitment to the fight for civil rights and equality. Her poem “Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)” is a Black woman’s anthem and its line “I’m so hip, even my errors are correct” has been often quoted as a favorite.
The Knoxville, Tennessee native published her first book of poetry, “Black Feeling Black Talk” in 1979 and her second a year later. Many of her 30 plus books have received national honors and awards, including “Love Poems,” “Blues For All The Changes,” “Quilting The Black Eyed Peas,” “Hip-Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat,” and “Rosa,” her children’s book on civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Her works have landed her repeat trips to the Los Angeles Times and New York Times Bestsellers lists. Her spoken word recordings are equally well-received. Her album “Truth Is On Its Way,” which features poetry set to gospel music, was named a Best Spoken Word Album from The National Association of Radio and Television Announcers and another, the “Nikki Giovanni Collection” garnered a Grammy nomination. She also took home NAACP Image Awards for outstanding literary effort in 1998, 2000, 2009 and 2011.
The Indizible meeting is set to run 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The discussion is free, but seating is limited. The Guild Theater is located at 2828 35th Street. For more, visit www.indivizible.com.