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Superstar bassist and NJPAC Jazz Advisor Christian McBride hosts a free virtual event with acclaimed poets Nikki Giovanni and Evie Shockley. They’ll explore social justice themes in both conversation and live performance. Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, activist and educator, winner of the Langston Hughes Medal, 7 NAACP Image Awards, the Presidential Medal of Honor, a Grammy nominee and among Oprah’s 25. Evie Shockley is an award-winning poet and professor of English at Rutgers University, a two-time recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist.

“and she said: god created heaven and earth
and all that’s Black within them”

­–Nikki Giovanni

“i’ve never forgotten the charred bitter fruit of holiday’s poplars, nor will i :

it’s part of what makes me evie :  i grew up in the shadow of southern trees.”

–Evie Shockley