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Weaving a tapestry of her life’s journey, Dr. Maya Angelou takes us on a journey from the Deep South to the heart of Africa and back again. This gifted storyteller poignantly shares the memories of those mentors and teachers who profoundly influenced her life. She speaks of her voluntary muteness as a child. Even in this silence, “Mama” (Angelou’s grandmother) spoke prophetically to the child’s unbelieving ears: “You’ll speak about the glorious nature of the human spirit and what we can be striving for.” She also shares with us her insight that courage is the greatest of all the virtues, “Without courage you can’t get to any other virtue with consistency. [You can’t be] kind, generous, open, or fair-minded without courage.” (hosted by Michael Toms)
Dr. Maya Angelou was a remarkable Renaissance woman and is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she traveled the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Angelou was awarded over fifty honorary degrees. She was the winner of many prestigious awards including: the Spingarn Medal in 1994, The National Medal of Arts in 2000, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. In the fall of 2016 a documentary film of her life, And Still I Rise, was released in theaters.
Maya Angelou was the author of many books including:
To learn more about the work of Dr. Angelou go to www.mayaangelou.com.
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 4/3/1986 Program Number: 1983
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