Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni will speak March 6 at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries dinner.Giovanni N-Photo (High Res HEADSHOT Red Jacket 2004)

The event begins at 6 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center. Dinner and program-only tickets are available now; proceeds support the University Libraries.

Over the past 30 years, Giovanni’s outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. She prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.”

Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself and in the lives of others.

Giovanni graduated with honors from Fisk University, her grandfather’s alma mater, in 1968; after graduating from Fisk, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She published her first book of poetry, “Black Feeling Black Talk,” in 1968, and within the next year published a second book. Early in her career she was dubbed the “Princess of Black Poetry,” and over the course of more than three decades of  publishing and lecturing she has come to be called both a “National Treasure” and, most recently, one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends.”

The author of some 30 books for adults and children, Giovanni is a university distinguished professor at Virginia Tech and received Virginia Tech’s highest honor, the Alumni Outreach Award.

Purchase tickets through Triad Stage at 336-272-0160 (toll free 1-866-579-8499) or online at www.Triadstage.org.

Dinner tickets are $54 for Friends members and $64 for non-members. Order dinner tickets by Feb. 27.

Program-only tickets are $20. Purchase program-only tickets through the date of the event subject to availability.

Table sponsorships are $550 for a table of eight and should be ordered by Feb. 15. Table sponsors are recognized in the program, on signage and from the podium on the night of the dinner.

For more details, contact Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu or 336-256-0112.