The trip to Mars can only be understood through the history of black Americans. Because Mars is Middle Passage. And we’re going to have to study Middle Passage if we want a future on Earth. If we want to move forward we have to study it. ~ Nikki Giovanni, “Meet The Poet,” Learn Out Loud
Her eloquent poetry reflects not only the African American experience, but the human experience. And even if you don‘t agree with her perspectives, your eyes, ears, heart, and mind will be open in ways that they might not have been before. I believe Giovanni’s poem “Quilting the Black Eyed Pea (We’re Going to Mars)” is a great example of this.