In my mind, Giovanni's role at Virginia Tech after the shootings in 2007 represented one of the most powerful contributions any thinker can render to such a crisis. Being an English teacher at the school, she was able to serve as a voice of the community and to the outside world. She turned the moment of horrific and unspeakable cruelty to one of healing through both her poetry and the emotion of the moment. She was able to articulate the rage, sadness, unspeakable hurt, and search for justice through her poetry. She became a symbol to so many in the Virginia Tech community, individuals who sought words to convey their condition. This contribution distinguishes any poet or thinker, but becomes extremely relevant when discussing Giovanni's.
Nikki Giovvani is an honored poet who graduated from Fisk University. She is also an activist, educator and has been a leader in civil rights awareness and equal rights for decades. She celebrates being a "Black American" and a great deal of passion is expressed through her poetry and writing. She places a lot of emphasis on the individual because she feels that a single person can make a huge difference. She has received many awards and honors throughout her tremendous career, including over 25 honorary degrees.
She is currently a professor at Virginia Tech and has written over thirty books for both children and adults alike.
In 1960, she entered Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked with the school's Writer's Workshop and edited the literary magazine. After receiving her bachelor of arts degree in 1967, she organized the Black Arts Festival in Cincinnati before entering graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.