“You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I rise.” –Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou, actress, poet, author, activist, and teacher is one of the most phenomenal women of the 20th century.
And still she rises; PBS (Public Broadcasting Station) will present the first feature documentary on the life of the beloved and the incomparable Maya Angelou.
This television event will air nationwide on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 8:00 P.M.
Check your local listings for exact time in your area.
Maya Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri; at the age of eight-years old Maya Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. A week later after the rape, the rapist was brutally killed.
Maya Angelou became mute and for the next five years of her young life she remained silent.
“I thought my voice killed him; I killed that man because I told his name.”
A year after the rape incident at the age of nine Maya was writing poetry.
From 1954 to 1956 Maya Angelou toured Europe in the stage production of “Porgy & Bess”; in those few years Maya became fluent in a few languages. In 1960 Maya Angelou put together a successful Off-Broadway show called,
“Cabaret For Freedom” and donated the proceeds to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the president.
In 1964 Maya Angelou asked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. if America would ever elect a black man as president;
Dr. King told Maya it would happen in about fifty years.
Hmmmmmmmm… who is Barack Obama?
In 1968 James Baldwin (American Novelist) invited Maya Angelou to a party being held at the home of
Random House editor, Bob Loomis; a book deal was struck, hence…”I know Why The Caged Bird Sings” is published.
Maya Angelou performed as an actress in several TV programs, most noteworthy is the 1977 mini-series Roots.
In 1993 Maya Angelou was invited by President Bill Clinton to recite her poem at his 1993 inauguration.
The poem, “On The Pulse of Morning” went on to win a Grammy Award.
In 2000 Maya Angelou created a very successful line of greeting cards for Hall Mark Cards.
In 2008 Maya Angelou campaigned for the Democratic Party Presidential Primaries, giving her support to Hillary Clinton.
In 2010 Maya Angelou gave her personal papers and career memorabilia to the Schomburg Center Research Library in Harlem, New York.
In 2011 President Barack Obama presented Maya Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Maya Angelou passed away quietly and peacefully on May 24th, 2014.
Maya Angelou inspired girls around the globe to become great women of the world.
Hmmmmmmmmmm… who is Oprah Winfrey?
On April 15th, 2015 the United Postal Service issued the Maya Angelou Postage Stamp in her honor and on hand for the unveiling of the new stamp was First Lady Michelle Obama and the beloved Oprah Winfrey.
“I am a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wonderously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and hopes of the slave.
Presents: MAYA ANGELOU : AND STILL I RISE
Where: PBS TV
When: Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Time: 8:00 P.M.
THE FIRST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ON THE LIFE OF MAYA ANGELOU!