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Madeline Rogero, Mayor
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For Immediate Release
City of Knoxville to Commemorate Home of Nikki Giovanni

See Nikki Giovanni at the Tennessee Theatre

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
7:00 PM - Free Event

Presented by UT-CCYAL

March 27, 2007 - The City of Knoxville, with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, is pleased to present native Knoxvillian and acclaimed author-poet Nikki Giovanni with an artistic rendering of the cultural marker that commemorates 400 Mulvaney Street. The marker is currently being fabricated and will be installed on Hall of Fame Drive at the site of Ms. Giovanni's family home, which was standing until the mid 1960's when it was taken for urban renewal.

Ms. Giovanni is the author of over 30 books, poems, children's literature, and essays including her 1994 children's poem, Knoxville, TN.

"We're very proud that Nikki Giovanni is a daughter of Knoxville and very pleased to be able to honor her and her family today with this presentation," said Mayor Bill Haslam.

 Crissy Haslam, Avon Rollins, and Nikki Giovanni
Crissy Haslam, Avon Rollins, and Nikki Giovanni
More About Nikki Giovanni

Ms. Giovanni was born in Knoxville General Hospital in 1943. The daughter of college educated parents in the Jim Crow South, her parents were left with few job options beyond menial labor. They moved the family to Cincinnati where they became educators.

Nikki Giovanni to Launch National Book Tour from Knoxville

However, Nikki's family maintained strong ties with Knoxville, returning every summer to stay with her grandparents, John Brown and Emma Louvenia Watson, prompting her to call Knoxville her hometown. She enrolled in Austin High School in 1958, but left before graduating as an early entrant into Fisk University.

Ms. Giovanni is in Knoxville this week to launch her new book, On My Journey Now, on its national tour.

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