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Smithsonian National Museum Of African Art's Director's Discussions Series - Maya Angelou

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As we make ready to celebrate Black History Month in February, there’s an upcoming program African-Americans are getting excited about.

American MastersMaya Angelou: And Still I Rise, the first documentary about the life of the singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, premieres nationwide Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

PBS Distribution will release the film on DVD the same day, with additional bonus features, and on Digital HD February 22.

“It was a unique privilege to be the first filmmakers to tell Dr. Angelou’s full story and exciting to uncover stories that most people hadn’t heard,” said co-director and co-producer Bob Hercules (American Masters – Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, American Masters – Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, Forgiving Dr. Mengele).

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Angelou, who died May 28, 2014 at age 86, led a prolific life and 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.

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source: EEW Magazine News

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