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The Schomburg Center and Thirteen Present: American Masters – MAYA ANGELOU: And Still I Rise 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise presented by The Schomburg Center and THIRTEEN at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture-NYPL, Harlem, New York, February 16, 2017, 6 PM. Highlights from the film followed by a panel discussion and post-reception.

The Angelou/Johnson family held a private pre-reception to unveil a bust of Dr. Maya Angelou by artist Marla Friedman of Chicago.


Dr. Maya Angelou, New York, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Guests include: The 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They were presented with Dr. Maya Angelou’s inauguration poem from her Grandson Colin Johnson.

Presented by: Neil Shapiro the President & CEO of WNET and Kevin Young the Director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture-NYPL, Harlem, New York

A panel discussion featuring: Elizabeth Alexander— Director, Creativity and Free Expression, The Ford Foundation. She is an American poet, essayist, playwright. After 15 years at Yale University, where she taught poetry and chaired the African American Studies department, Alexander joined the faculty of Columbia University in 2016. Rita Coburn Whack— The Co-Director and Co-Producer of the documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. Lou Gossett Jr.— An American actor whose career spans over five decades. He’s best known for his Academy Award winning role in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, and his Emmy Award-winning role in the 1977 ABC television miniseries Roots. Colin Johnson— The Grandson of Dr. Maya Angelou, the Co-Founder and Principle, Caged Bird Legacy.

Nearly three years after Dr. Maya Angelou’s death sent the entire world into mourning, the Schomburg Center and THIRTEEN are proud to present a special preview of the new PBS documentary that offers an un-precedented look at the iconic singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer’s life and career. American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise sheds light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South and her early performing career (1957’s Miss Calypso album and Calypso Heat Wave film, Jean Genet’s 1961 play The Blacks) to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana and her many writing successes, including her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack reveal hidden facets of Dr. Angelou’s life during some of America’s most defining moments. American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise also features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, her friends and family, including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Singleton, Diahann Carroll, Valerie Simpson, Random House editor Bob Loomis, and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson. Join us as we celebrate Dr. Angelou, her legacy, and the importance of black archival collections during Black History Month at the Schomburg Center. Highlights from the film will be followed by a panel discussion and then a reception. —Schomburg Center

Black History Month: American Masters presents Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, the first documentary feature about the incomparable author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014), best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, premiers on February 21, 2017 on PBS Thirteen; check your local listings.


Dr. Maya Angelou, New York, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.


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