A preview screening of the documentary film, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, will be held at Wake Forest University on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium, with a reception beginning at 5 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou’s was a prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise—the first feature-length documentary on Dr. Angelou—weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, telling hidden stories of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes viewers on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.
A panel discussion will follow the screening at 7 p.m. Participants include evening co-anchor of WXII 12 News, Wanda Starke; author and associate professor of French at North Carolina Central University, Dr. Debra S. Boyd; and executive producer of the National Black Theatre Festival, Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. The evening will conclude with a special performance by Authoring Action!
This event is co-sponsored by UNC-TV, AARP, the NC Black Repertory Company, Authoring Action, the Pro Humanitate Institute, and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Wake Forest University.