Nikki Giovanni presents, "Jimmy and Me"

…and our interconnected future as Americans.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM EDT

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The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center is hosting its second public BUSBOYS AND POETS LECTURE on April 23rd, 2024 at 6:30pm at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Blenheim Boulevard (formerly Old Lee Hwy), Fairfax, VA 22030. Parking Map: On parking I don't know if you are familiar with the area but the Sherwood has three sets of overflow parking if the main lot is full, including in the church lot across the street. Here is the parking map: free public parking with overflow lots. 

Where: 3740 Blenheim Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22030

Doors open: 6pm

Lecture begins: 6:45pm

Book sales to follow. 

Sponsored by Busboys and Poets, this series of annual lectures will cover literature, culture, and global affairs. Our Lecture Partners are: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), City of Fairfax, Fairfax County Public Library, Dept. of African and African American Studies at GMU. In addition, our collaborators on the Baldwin100 are active participants and supporters of this event. 

This year's lecture will be delivered by Nikki Giovanni. 

In this centennial year of James Baldwin’s birth, Baldwin’s friend, the award-winning writer and public intellectual, Nikki Giovanni will reflect on her friendship with Baldwin, and why Baldwin matters. By reflecting on James Baldwin’s journey inside and outside America, Giovanni will discuss his legacy, include themes of belonging and exile, friendship, sexuality, community and interconnected idealism: black and white collaborators and their impact on internationalism and justice. How James Baldwin belongs to us all in profound interconnection. 

In 1971 James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni taped a two-hour “dialogue” for a public TV show called Soul! At forty-seven years old, Baldwin was a legend for 'The Fire Next Time' and countless other essays, novels, and criticism. Giovanni, then twenty-eight, was a luminary of the Black Arts Movement as the author of the 1968 poetry collection 'Black Feeling, Black Talk.' Their conversation was subsequently published in book form as 'A Dialogue.'

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