Holy Heretic Devotional – Feb. 19, 2017-Sheros and Heroes

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HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL – Feb. 16, 2017 – SHEROES & HEROES: ACTIVISTS

Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Assistant Director, Reiki Master, and Psychic Kali Meister

“We love because it’s the only true adventure.” Nikki Giovanni

Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the Civil Rights Movements and Black Power Movement of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African-American perspective, leading one writer to dub her the “Poet of the Black Revolution.

During the 1970s, she began writing children’s literature, and co-founded a publishing company, NikTom,Ltd to provide an outlet for other African American women writers. Over subsequent decades, her works discussed social issues, human relationships, and hip-hop. Poems such as “Knoxville, Tennessee,” and “Nikki-Rosa” have been frequently re-published in anthologies and other collections.

Giovanni has taught at Queens College, Rutgers, and Ohio State, and is currently a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech.  Following the Virginia Tech shooting  in 2007, she delivered a chant-poem at a memorial for the shooting victims.

Today’s Action: What adventure has loving someone or something taken you on?

Today’s Sharing: Share your stories of what you find funny with us on the Holy Heretic Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.

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