She began to write poetry in the 1960s.
Giovanni received her degree in 1967 from Fisk University.
She is not an author who wrote to entertain the audience; she was very outspoken.
Giovanni is a poet of universal appeal, whose work looks past race, class, and gender, in order to touch all her readers while remaining true to Black literature.
Her work has been influenced by spirituals, the blues, and jazz.
She continues to write, speak and teach about the history and future of Black people, and has become an iconic symbol for Black women and women writers everywhere.
Giovanni has always helped create an avenue for others to follow.
She was persistent and dedicated to the fight for civil rights, social justice, and equality.
Giovanni also maintains a prominent place in the creative writing community.
She founded her own publishing company at the age of 27, and is one of the most universally read American poets.
She takes pride in being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, [and] a professor of English."
Giovanni has written many books (e.g., collections of essays, volumes of poetry, and children’s books).
She has also received honorary doctorates and a host of other awards.
Giovanni is a committed and passionate writer, speaker and teacher, who inspires her students, in addition to her audiences and readers nationwide.
She is one of the most popular and acclaimed Black poets of the twentieth century.
Along with inspiration from Black family culture, and racial issues, many of Giovanni’s poems showcase her strong spirituality and womanhood.
As a Black woman and a creative writer, her work, life story, and personal philosophy of success inspire me.
She certainly stays true to herself and makes a difference.
Kanye even shouted her out in Hey Mama!
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