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Feb 2
21st Annual Mary Frances Early Lecture
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The 21st Annual Mary Frances Early Lecture will take place February 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM and will be live-Streamed on the UGA Graduate School’s YouTube Channel. Nikki Giovanni, Poet, Educator & Best-Selling Author, will deliver the lecture. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. When Giovanni’s poems first emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the 1960s, she immediately took her place among the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. She remains today one of the commanding voices gracing America’s political and poetic landscape.

About the Lecture:  Each year, an invited speaker delivers a lecture that honors the quiet determination and dignity with which Mary Frances Early pursued her efforts to ensure that the state’s flagship university became an institution of higher learning for all the people of Georgia. The annual lecture demonstrates the progress that has been made while also recognizing that work still remains in order to fully realize Ms. Early’s vision. With pride, we salute Ms. Early for all that she has accomplished and for the excellence, integrity, fortitude, and grace that she represents.

This event is a part of UGA’s 60th Anniversary of Desegregation.

Sponsors: Graduate and Professional Scholars (GAPS); UGA Graduate School; Mary Frances Early College of Education; Office of Institutional Diversity



February 2
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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