Renowned poet, author, and Virginia Tech professor Nikki Giovanni was a featured guest at the University of Chicago’s Annual MLK Commemoration Celebration this week. Giovanni was set to have a live conversation with Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates in front of a crowd of over 100 people.
The event also included a keynote speech from CNN contributor, author, and activist Van Jones, who is also the founder of Dream Corp. Following the keynote speech, Jones and Giovanni took questions from the crowd, one of which was for Giovanni to recite one of her most popular poems, “Nikki Rosa.”
Both speakers addressed the current state of race relations in America as well as politics and entertainment.