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.
Myrlie Evers-Williams, a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Alcorn State University, is an African-American civil rights leader, who for decades has broken barriers of racial and gender inequality in the workplace, in government and in society. Her legacy evokes leadership in activism, journalism, politics and public service. A native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Myrlie Evers became a symbol of courage as well as tragedy in the civil rights movement, and went on to become a championed leader of civil rights herself.
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