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Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

400 Mulvaney Street

Nikki Giovanni

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 20, 2021
1. 400 Mulvaney Street Marker
Inscription.  Internationally acclaimed poet and writer Nikki Giovanni was born to Knoxville College graduates Gus and Yolande Giovanni on June 7, 1943, at Old Knoxville General Hospital. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but Nikki and her sister, Gary Ann, spent summers in Knoxville with grandparents Prof. John Brown and Louvenia Watson at 400 Mulvaney Street, now called Hall of Fame Drive. They often played here in Cal Johnson Park. Nikki returned to Knoxville where she continued her education at Austin High School being taught by Alfredda Delaney and Mme. Stokes. Nikki graduated with honors from Fisk University in 1968. She soon published her first book of poetry “Black Feeling Black Talk” which led to her being called the “Princess of Black Poetry.” The author of dozens of books, she has won numerous awards including the Langston Hughes Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and seven NAACP Image Awards.

One of her best known essays, “400 Mulvaney Street,” recounts her grief at the loss of her grandmother's house and the surrounding African-American neighborhood to a Knoxville “urban renewal” project
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 20, 2021
2. 400 Mulvaney Street Marker
in the 1960s. Cal Johnson Park is all that remains of the Mulvaney Street landscape of her childhood.
 
Erected by City of Knoxville.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 35° 58.005′ N, 83° 54.836′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is on South Hall of Fame Drive, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in front of Cal Johnson Recreation Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 507 South Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville TN 37915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); White's Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Beauford Delaney / Joseph Delaney (approx. ¼ mile away); Cowan, McClung and Company Building / Fidelity Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Blount College (approx. ¼ mile away); Tennessee Theater (approx. ¼ mile away); Catherine Wiley (approx. ¼ mile away); The Everly Brothers (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Nikki Giovanni. The poet, lecturer and teacher's official website. (Submitted on February 21, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
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By Nikki-giovanni.com
3. Nikki Giovanni
 

2. Nikki Giovanni | Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 21, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 21, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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