Since 1967, Nikki Giovanni's published more than two dozen books, becoming one of the predominant African-American poets in the world. She was chosen by NPR to compose a special poem for President Obama's inauguration, was picked as an Oprah Legend and has received everything from the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry to the first Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award. And, in light of this weekend's fourth anniversary of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech (and Barbara Kopple's film, Gun Fight, that will play at Full Frame tonight at 7:10 p.m.), it's worth noting that Giovanni became a footnote to the tragedy when it emerged that she'd once banned the shooter from her class and reported his disturbing behavior.
Giovanni will serve as the keynote speaker at the Inter-Generational Diversity Luncheon, which starts at 12:30 p.m. She will discuss how to bridge the generational gap in the community, and the importance of diversity. Tickets for the event range from $20 (for an evening interview, poetry reading and book signing at 7 p.m.) to $45 for the luncheon and $65 for an all-access pass that includes both. —Zack Smith