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Video: Maya Angelou recites “And Still I Rise”

In this video, Professor Angelou recites the title poem from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.

Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), which tells of her life up to the age of 17, brought her international recognition and acclaim.

She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, nightclub dancer and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonization of Africa. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. In 1982, she earned the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Beginning in the 1990s, she made around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993) at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.


									

3 comments on “Video: Maya Angelou recites “And Still I Rise”

  1. Julie
    March 18, 2015

    “Up from a past rooted in pain, I rise … “Beautiful Maya … thank you, what a treat …

    Liked by 1 person

  2. sassania
    March 16, 2015

    Reblogged this on Sassania's Blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. JojoBean
    March 16, 2015

    “[…] To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision. Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity. It becomes easier to die and avoid conflicts than to maintain a constant battle with the superior forces of maturity. […]”

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