Nikki Giovanni is “so hip, even her errors are correct.” And that should come as no surprise.

The renown poet, activist and educator who is also a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech  has been there to see it all from catching the consciousness of the day with her 1967 breakout writing Black Feeling, Black Talk, to her early appearances on Soul! to watching and interpreting the evolutions of hip-hop, she has been there to chronicle the Black experience and interpret it for us in words we could understand and feel.

Giovanni stopped by the EBONY offices to talk about what she has seen in the struggle, the people she remembers, those we shouldn’t forget, and where we’re headed.

–As told to Chan C. Smith