Maya Angelou

3 Jun

Writer and activist Maya Angelou has died at age 86. Angelou was active in the Civil Rights Movement, author of many celebrated poems, and served as poet laureate of the United States. Her prose book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is widely regarded as a leading work of literary autobiography. In this interview for Blackside, Inc.’s documentary The Great Depression, Angelou discusses living with poverty and segregation in rural Arkansas. She also discusses her early education and the impact that Joe Louis’s boxing victories had on African Americans in her community. 


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