When we lose someone close to us, we are forever changed. We return to work and to friends and to our communities wearing the same clothes and hair and faces. But inside, we are transformed into different people. We move and function, but never really escape the lingering pain only death can bring.

In her new collection, “A Good Cry,” Nikki Giovanni sits for long moments, sweetly recalling her friends who have passed on: the majestic writer and storyteller Maya Angelou, whom she calls Doc; the iconic actress Ruby Dee; a lover; her mother; and even a beloved pet.

Nikki Giovanni, African American History, African American Literature, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine,

Nikki Giovanni, African American History, African American Literature, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine,


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE | WASHINGTON, DC

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).


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