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Nikki Giovanni, a poet who helped define the African-American voice

"I guess that's why I'm a poet. We put things together in ways no one else does."

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February is all about celebrating black history, and throughout the month we'll be honoring influential African Americans whose stories you might not yet know. Some are pioneers in their field, some helped spark the civil rights movement, and all have contributed incredible things to not only black history, but to the history of the United States as a whole.

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Watch the video above to learn the story of Nikki Giovanni, one of the world's most well-known African-American poets.