Acclaimed poet, author, activist Nikki Giovanni to speak in Columbus

From staff reportsApril 10, 2013 

Acclaimed poet, author and activist Nikki Giovanni -- one of Oprah Winfrey's "Twenty Five Living Legends" -- will speak in Columbus next week as part of the second year of the Building Common Ground lecture series.

Giovanni's presentation will be April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Carver High School auditorium, 3100 Eighth St. Admission is free, and no advanced tickets are needed. Following the lecture, Giovanni will be at the reception to sign copies of her books, which will be for sale at the event.

Co-presented by Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and MidTown Inc., the Building Common Ground lectures seek to highlight issues around which communities build identity, which in turn can guide development and growth. This year's series focuses on the arts and popular culture as a foundation for community involvement. Past speakers have been Michelle Norris of National Public Radio, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, political commentator Jonathan Haidt and religion commentator Stephen Prothero. Pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman is scheduled for Oct. 3.

The series is funded in part by a grant from the Knight Fund at the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley Inc. Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and Sunny 100 also are sponsors.

The lectures have been in the Columbus Public Library auditorium, but, due to expected increased interest, Giovanni will speak at Carver.

"The series has grown from a nexus of our institutional missions," MidTown executive director Anne King said in a news release. "At MidTown, we work 'to sustain and enhance the neighborhoods and businesses within midtown Columbus through education and advocacy with respect to community, conservation and diversity.' The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries serve as a 'center for civic engagement,' and the Knight Fund grows 'informed, engaged communities.'

"Nikki Giovanni has been a powerful force for engaging communities through the arts, and we are excited to be hosting her public program at midtown's newest school facility, George Washington Carver High School."

LEARN MOREFor more information about the event, call Chattahoochee Valley Libraries at 706-243-2669 or MidTown Inc. at 706-494-1663.

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