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This hour-long, one-on-one interview program provided a wonderful look inside the life of poet and educator Nikki Giovanni. Taped live in Atlanta, Georgia at Georgia Public Broadcasting on Saturday, June 18, 2005, this program was the eighth in The HistoryMakersAn Evening With... PBS-TV series. Writer, novelist and playwright Pearl Cleage interviewed her former childhood babysitter Nikki Giovanni in front of a standing room only audience.

The program began with three Atlanta-based spoken word artists performing one of Giovanni's poems, Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why), and then, Pearl Cleage introduced Nikki Giovanni. During the interview, Giovanni talked about her childhood, the origins of her writing career and discussed her feelings about young people and hip hop culture. Throughout the interview, there were performances by spoken word artists reciting Giovanni's poems. 

Through the use of historic film footage and live performances, An Evening With Nikki Giovanni provided a profound look into the wonderful life of one of the world's most outstanding spoken word artists.


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Media Sponsors

Georgia Public BroadcastingWSB-TVAtlanta Daily WorldAtlanta Tribune

Additional Contributor

  • Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

Executive Producer

  • Julieanna Richardson



  • Faye Raye Conley
  • Clement McIntosh


  • Vince Hutcherson


Spoken Word Artists

  • Charlotte Della Cain
  • Andrea L. Mills
  • Ariana Santiago

Honorary Chair

  • Ingrid Saunders Jones


Event Co-Chairs

  • Evern Cooper Epps
  • Richard Holmes
  • Steve Smith

Date and Time

Saturday, June 18, 2005


Georgia Public Broadcasting Studio C
260 14th Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318
United States