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African American Women Writers

American poet Nikki Giovanni (1943- ) is also a political activist, essayist and teacher. In the United States she has been consistently successful and acclaimed since she began writing in the late 1960s, during the time of the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements. Giovanni's early works, especially Black Feeling, Black Talk (1968) and Black Judgement (1968), were radical and revolutionary, and she became known as the voice of a generation, exploring and expressing African American identity. Her later works are less strident, but she maintains her outspokenness and her strong social consciousness, skilfully combining the political with the personal. She has also written poetry for children, along with various collections of essays. Since 1987 she has been a professor of English Literature at Virginia Tech University.

Genre: Antiracist literature; Biographies; Poetry

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