Nearly three years after Dr. Maya Angelou's death sent the entire world into mourning, the Schomburg Center and THIRTEEN are proud to present a special preview of the new PBS documentary that offers an unprecedented look at the iconic singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer's life and career. American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise sheds light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words.
From her upbringing in the Depression-era South and her early performing career (1957’s Miss Calypso album and Calypso Heat Wave film, Jean Genet’s 1961 play The Blacks) to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana and her many writing successes, including her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack reveal hidden facets of Dr. Angelou's life during some of America’s most defining moments. American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise also features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, her friends and family, including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Singleton, Diahann Carroll, Valerie Simpson, Random House editor Bob Loomis and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.
Highlights from the film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Elizabeth Alexander (Director, Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation), Rita Coburn Whack (co-director and co-producer of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise), Louis Gossett, Jr. (Academy Award-winning actor), Colin Johnson (Co-Founder and Principal, Caged Bird Legacy), moderated by Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center. There will be a reception after the program.
Join us as we celebrate Dr. Angelou, her legacy, and the importance of black archival collections during Black History Month at the Schomburg Center.
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