Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but would return to Knoxville each summer to visit her grandparents. Nikki graduated from Fisk University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor. She has written widely for both adults and children.

“I'm a native Tennessean. I know what it is to be free. I am singing the country blues. I am whittling a wooden doll. I am underground mining coal. I am running moonshine. I am a white boy with a banjo. Native to west Africa. I am a black boy with a twang. Native to the hills. I am smart. I am cool. I am unafraid. I am free. Yeah. I am a native Tennessean."

Nikki Giovanni, quoted from  Giovanni, Nikki. "Tennessee by Birth." Nikki Giovanni Historical Marker. City of Knoxville (Tennessee), 2013. Web. 02 July 2014.




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Knoxville, Tennessee