University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni and Terry Papillon, director of University Honors, took a bus load of students to Winston-Salem, N.C., to see the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit currently on display at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.
The exhibit, Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, is a series of collages and watercolors based on Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey."
Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in cooperation with the Romare Bearden Foundation and Estate and DC Moore Gallery. This exhibition and its related educational resources are supported by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The exhibition debuted at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC. Reynolda House is grateful for local support of the exhibition from Major Sponsor Wake Forest University.
The students, from a diverse variety of disciplines, are all interested in writing and had the opportunity to stop at poet Maya Angelou's nearby home. After singing carols to Angelou they were invited to tour her sculpture garden and then invited inside where Angelou talked to them about the need to have courage in one's life.