The Legacy of Maya Angelou at the Schomburg Center
Friday, October 29, 2010
In a career that reaches back to the civil rights movement and includes literature, dance as well as playwrighting, Maya Angelou has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest luminaries of the twentieth century. This week, Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will take on nearly 350 boxes of Dr. Angelou's documents, including letters written to her by Malcolm X, Bill Clinton and James Baldwin. Along with the letters and a telegram from Coretta Scott King, the boxes include notes for some of Angelou's most iconic works such as "Phenomenal Woman" and her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
This week, poet, activist and contemporary of Dr. Angelou Amiri Baraka as well as professor Farah Griffin of Columbia University weigh in on the impact and legacy of one of the world's most celebrated poets.