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World-renowned writer, activist Nikki Giovanni speaks on racial diversity

One of many SXU events slated for Black History Month

Chicago (Jan. 18, 2007) – World-renowned poet, writer and activist Nikki Giovanni will speak about racial diversity at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Butler Reception Room at Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus at 3700 W. 103rd St. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Giovanni’s lecture is one of several events planned at Saint Xavier University to commemorate Black History Month. Prior to the lecture from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Giovanni will be available to sign copies of her book, The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni.  

Giovanni will discuss the role a university can play in supporting racial diversity and dispelling racial stereotypes. A daughter, mother and professor of English, Giovanni serves as a strong voice for black Americans and has captured worldwide attention with her writings and lectures on civil rights and equality. She focuses on the individual’s power to make a difference in oneself, and thus, the lives of others.

Giovanni has received honors and awards for many of her books. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her other books – Love Poems; Blues: For All the Changes; and Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea – were honored with Image Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The lecture is sponsored by Saint Xavier University’s African-American Studies Program, Center for Religion and Public Discourse, Division of Student Affairs, and Black Student Union. For more information, contact David Bell at (773) 298-3881.

Other events scheduled at Saint Xavier to celebrate Black History Month include:

• Feb. 20, 2 to 4 p.m.: Videorama with commentary by culture worker Mansong Kulubally, featuring video clips on great historians, spiritual leaders, reparations, economics, relationships and more. Room S-101, Warde Academic Center.  

• Feb. 28, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Celebration of Music, featuring choirs from the Chicago area. McGuire Hall, Warde Academic Center.

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its downtown location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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