Civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni delivers 2005 Kent Lecture
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Civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni delivers 2005 Kent Lecture

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Civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni delivers 2005 Kent Lecture
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What/Who: Renowned poet, essayist and civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni will deliver the University of Chicago’s annual George E. Kent lecture. Giovanni is the author of dozens of books that examine the many aspects of African American identity.

When: Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

Where: International House Assembly Hall, University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St.

Background: Giovanni’s wide-ranging works include poetry collections such as the politically oriented Black Feeling, Black Talk, an autobiographical work called Gemini, and a collection of essays entitled Sacred Cows … and Other Edibles . She has also written three collections of poems for children. The NAACP recognized Giovanni’s work with an Image Award in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

The George E. Kent lecture is an annual event presented by the University of Chicago’s Organization of Black Students. Each year, a leading African American figure speaks on issues that are particularly important to the African American community. Past speakers include Angela Davis and Gwendolyn Brooks. The lecture is held in memory of George Kent, a professor who served in the Department of English from 1970 until his death in 1982.

 

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