Nikki Giovanni Poems

Nikki Giovanni is an important American poet who was born in 1943. She is also one of the world’s best-known and most commonly read African-American poets. She has won some of the most prestigious literary awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. 

Rosa Parks

by Nikki Giovanni

‘Rosa Parks’ by Nikki Giovanni is a poem about activism and the importance of remembering important moments in African American history. The poem pays tribute to the heroic actions of the Pullman Porters who spearheaded the civil rights movement and forever changed history for the African American community.

This poem is widely regarded as a powerful and moving poem that celebrates the contributions of the Pullman Porters, Thurgood Marshall, and Rosa Parks to the Civil Rights Movement. The poem effectively uses free verse and narrative techniques to convey a sense of history, bravery, hope, and resilience.

This is for the Pullman Porters who organized when people said

they couldn’t. And carried the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago

Defender to the Black Americans in the South so they would

The Women Gather

by Nikki Giovanni

‘The Women Gather’ is a short, free verse poem that speaks on how we judge one another and the essentially good nature of human beings. 

The women gather because it is not unusual to seek comfort in our hours of stress.

A man must be buried.

It is not unusual that the old bury the young though it is an abomination.