On this date in 1943, Nikki Giovanni was born. She is an African-American writer, poet, commentator, activist, educator, and publisher.
She was born Yolande Cornelia Giovanni, Jr., in Knoxville, TN, and although she grew up in Cincinnati, OH, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Nikki graduated with honors in history from her grandfather's alma mater, Fisk University.
She is highly regarded for her militancy during the 1960s, and admired as one of the New Black Poets of that era.