Nikki Giovanni

The Ohio Connection

  • Nikki Giovanni spent most of her childhood in suburbs outside Cincinnati.
  • Organized Cincinnati’s first Black Arts Festival in 1967.
  • Given the keys to the cities of Cincinnati and Lincoln Heights.
  • Received a Woman of the Year citation from the Cincinnati Chapter of the YWCA in 1983.
  • Was visiting professor in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University (1984-85), and College of Mount St. Joseph on the Ohio (1985-87)
  • Received Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from the College of Mount St. Joseph on the Ohio (1985) and Otterbein College (1992)
  • Elected to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985.
  • Duncanson Artist-in-Residence at the Taft Museum in Cincinnati in 1986.
  • Served on the Ohio Humanities Council in 1987.
  • Won the Ohioana Library Award for Sacred Cows in 1988.

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