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Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 21–February 1, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The campus community celebrates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. each year.
MLK memorial in Washington DC

Schedule of Events

2019 Keynote Speaker

Niki Giovanni HeadshotNikki Giovanni

The author of some 30 books for both adults and children, Nikki Giovanni is a university distinguished professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Giovanni graduated with honors from Fisk University in 1968 before attending the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk, in 1968.

Many of Giovanni’s books have received honors and awards. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award; Love Poems, Blues: For All the Changes, and Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea were all honored with NAACP Image Awards. Blues: For All the Changes reached No. 4 on the Los Angeles Times Best-Seller list. Most recently, her children's picture book Rosa, about the civil rights legend Rosa Parks, became a Caldecott Honors Book, reaching No. 3 on the New York Times Best-Seller list.