When I first encountered the works of Maya Angelou, it was 1980.  Mainstream entertainment didn't present her work. I was enthralled with her autobiographies and wanted to talk about them with someone. No one I knew ever heard of Ms Angelou.

She was not on TV or in movies I could find. Finally 2 years later my Mother called to tell me Maya was on PBS! I ran and turned on my VCR and taped her...I was transfixed by her voice and language.. I very highly recommend this documentary and by all means read her books... She is one of my biggest American heroes of all time.. rip..

About the Film

Premiere date: February 21, 2017

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

The first feature documentary about her life, American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, premieres nationwide Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) during Black History Month as part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series. PBS Distribution will release the film on DVD the same day, with additional bonus features, and on Digital HD February 22.

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