The Legacy of Maya Angelou at the Schomburg Center

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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.


Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and Farah Griffin

Produced by:

Julia Furlan

Comments [1]

Melcjo Clark from Idaho

Many years ago I saw Maya as a speaker/performer as a Guest Speaker at Modesto Junior College, and she walked out to an arena sized audience, went up to the podium, and her first words were sung in her contralto voice about rainbows in the clouds, and the audience went bonkers......

Do anyone remember/know the title of that song? I have not been able to find a source for it.

Thank you,


May. 29 2014 12:40 PM

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