An internationally celebrated African-American poet, writer, commentator, and activist, Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, visited Randolph College on February 17, 2011, to deliver a lecture on "Activism and Civil Rights Today" to a packed house at Randolph's Houston Memorial Chapel. The event, which honored the 50th anniversary of Lynchburg, VA's first civil rights sit-ins, featured the women of Randolph's a cappella group Songshine performing "Ride On King Jesus," an introduction by Randolph College President John E. Klein, and then the main event — a thoughtful and illuminating presentation by Giovanni on education, civil-rights activism, and the importance of poetry and the arts.
Faith Ringgold on fighting to get women and African-American artists into museums and the power of art. Faith Ringgold is one of America's most gifted and generous visual storytellers. Ringgold is best known for the painted story quilts in which she draws on African American folklore tradition, often to dramatize—to humanize—institutional and national histories.
Central Africa has experienced decades of violence. Millions of people have been displaced by war. By telling the story of these artists, Creative Peace will show how art can help grow peaceful futures in war-torn Africa.
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