Standing in the Need of Prayer
Release Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Edited by Nikki Giovanni
It is an honor to have been asked to design and illustrate this collection of poems. Nikki Giovanni’s new collection focuses on the vulnerability of African-American males. Contributors include poets Jordan “Dxtr Spits” Holmes and 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner, Jericho Brown. The book’s title, borrowed from the African-American hymn, is a desperate battle cry for justice.
The poems tell stories that depict the frustration, fear, and injustice African Americans face every day. Standing in the Need of Prayer invites readers to feel how racism and injustice continually deprive a huge portion of Americans of a sense of personal safety that others take for granted.
About the Cover
Last year, when I worked with Nikki Giovanni to create the book cover, our concept seemed daring. In fact, her publisher wouldn't put the art on the cover. Nikki stuck to her approach and decided to self publish. Unfortunately, 2020 arrived and the cover no longer seems daring.
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--Nikki Giovanni, Poet