Nikki Giovanni & Morris Gearring

travels and speaks at Universities an Colleges about "Ethnic Diversity" & its importance to the future of America. Nikki is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world's most well-known African-American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children's literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal, the NAACP Image Award, and has been nominated for a Grammy Award, for her Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has recently been named as one of Oprah Winfrey's twenty-five "Living Legends."

Awards and Honors

  • Keys to more than two dozen American cities, including New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and New Orleans
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Honorary Member)
  • Seven NAACP Image Awards: for Love Poems; Blues: For All the Changes; Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea; Acolytes; Hip Hop Speaks to Children; 100 Best African American Poems; Bicycles
  • Life Membership & Scroll, The National Council of Negro Women
  • Named one of Oprah Winfrey's 25 Living Legends
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • State Historical markers in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Lincoln Heights, Ohio
  • The Tennessee Governor's Award in the Arts
  • Tennessee Governor's Award In the Humanities
  • Virginia Governor's Award for the Arts
  • Woman of the Year, Ebony Magazine
  • Woman of the Year, Ladies Home Journal
  • Woman of the Year, Mademoiselle Magazine
  • The Rosa Parks Women of Courage Award, first recipient
  • American Book Award
  • Caldecott Honor Book Award
  • Carl Sandburg Literary Award
  • Moonbeam Children's Book Award
  • Tennessee Writer's Award, The Nashville Banner
  • The Appalachian Medallion Award
  • The East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame Award
  • The Gwendolyn Brooks Award
  • The Gwendolyn Brooks/John O. Killens Award
  • The Langston Hughes Award
  • ALC Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Art Sanctuary's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Artist-in-Residence. The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Johnson & Wales University
  • Duncanson Artist in Residence, The Taft Museum
  • Poet-In-Residence, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association
  • The Cecil H. and Ida Green Honors Chair, Texas Christian University
  • The Hill Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Sankofa Freedom Award
  • The Legacy Award, National Alumni Council United Negro College Fund
  • The Ohio Women's Hall of Fame
  • 2000 Council of Ideas, The Gihon Foundation
  • A species of bat named in her honor (Micronycteris giovanniae)
  • Affrilachian Award
  • American Library Association's Black Caucus Award for Non-fiction
  • Ann Fralin Award
  • Child Magazine Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Cincinnati Bi-Centennial Honoree
  • Excellence in Leadership Award from Dominion Power
  • Finalist, Best Spoken Word Grammy
  • John Henry "Pop" Lloyd Humanitarian Award
  • Legends and Legacies Award
  • Named a HistoryMaker
  • National Association of Radio and Television Announcers Award for Best Spoken Word Album
  • National Book Award Nomination for Gemini
  • National Parenting Publications Gold Award
  • Outstanding Woman of Tennessee
  • Parents' Choice Award for The Sun Is So Quiet
  • Presidential Medal of Honor, Dillard University
  • The SHero Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • United States Senate Certificate of Commendation
  • Woman of the Year, Cincinnati YWCA
  • Women of Power Legacy A

CHUCK SMITH: Artistic Director (The Goodman Theatre, Chicago)

DESCRIPTION OF THE SHOW: Actor/Singer/Alvin Ailey dancer, MORRIS GEARRING, portrays the life of Chicago legend, OSCAR BROWN JR, through Dance and the music (Jazz & Soul) and Spoken Word of OSCAR BROWN JR. MORRIS has a Quartet on stage. Often he features Guest Singers such as MAGGIE BROWN, Oscar's daughter.

NIKKI GIOVANNI, acclaimed poet, writer and educator, is often featured in "SOMETHING ABOUT OSCAR."

OSCAR WAS A GREAT STORY TELLER! OSCAR was an American singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist & actor. (October 10, 1926 - May 29, 2005)

NIKKI GIOVANNI, acclaimed poet, says: "Wear your good shoes cause Morris will make your heart go dancing."

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