Sunday, April 17, 2011

Uprising Radio: A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni; David Hilliard: Huey--The Spirit of a Panther

Uprising Radio

A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni, award winning poet...

Nikki Giovanni is an award winning poet and writer. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943. She was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated with honors in history from her Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor. She is the NAACP Image Award winner for Literature in 1998, 2000, and 2003. She won the Langston Hughes award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters in 1996 and was the first recipient for the Rosa Parks Women of Courage Award in 2001. She has been awarded 21 honorary doctorates from various universities nationwide. Her books include "Black Feeling, Black Talk," "Black Judgement," "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea," "Blues For All the Changes." Her CD, The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, was nominated for a Grammy award. She has just completed a children’s book about Rosa Parks. I met Ms. Giovanni at the California Institute of Technology on February 9th when she spoke on campus.

After I spoke with her, she gave a lecture at Beckman Auditorium on the campus of Caltech in Pasadena to a packed audience. During her speech she shared some of her poetry.

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Huey: Spirit of the Panther
GUEST: David Hilliard, former chief of staff for the Black Panther Party, co-author of Huey: Spirit of the Panther

Continuing our black history month coverage, we turn next to David Hilliard, the former chief of staff for the Black Panther Party. He has written a new book entitled, Huey: Spirit of the Panther. It is the first ever authorized biography of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense was formed in Oakland, California in 1966 and this year marks its fortieth anniversary. In the book, Hilliard details the life of one of the most misunderstood political leaders of the twentieth century. Huey: Spirit of the Panther, includes never before released photographs, interviews and information about a man that FBI director J. Edgar Hoover once called, "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country."

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