One of my favorite black authors is Dr. Maya Angelou. I have had the privilege of seeing her speak in person twice. Her awe inspiring words and presence jump started me into a career of writing. She will be celebrating Black History Month on various public radio stations around the country. Please set your tuner and join her on this glorious journey of discovering famous African Americans.
Storied Poet, Author, Educator & Activist Hosts Black History Month Program
February 2012 on Public Radio
CHICAGO, January 19, 2012, — This February Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special, discussing the civil rights era, will be available to all PRI, Public Radio International, affiliated stations and African American Consortium stations free of charge. One of the 2011 recipients of the President’s Medal of Freedom and a civil rights activist appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Maya Angelou garners and offers mutual respect in each interview. “The civil rights movement caught fire and lifted our country out of the doldrums and lifted us to even believe that we could have freedom, to even believe that we could have fair play, to even believe that we could eradicate this vulgarity called racism.” Dr. Maya Angelou.
“AT&T is honored and glad to be supporting Dr. Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special for the second year. Dr. Angelou is an inspiration to all of us and we encourage consumers to tune in to hear her interview some of America’s most influential individuals,” said Jennifer Jones, vice president of Diverse Markets, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. Laced with the passionate and powerful music from this era, the poet and author, Maya Angelou, engages each guest in intimate and provocative stories, poems and conversations illuminating African American history.
Congressman John Robert Lewis recalls childhood stories, his first meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and his historic walk across Pettus Bridge, “I was hit in the head by a state trooper with a night stick and my legs went from under me. I thought I saw death and I said to myself, “this is the last protest.”
Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for poetry, Professor Nikky Finney, shares her critically acclaimed acceptance speech and excerpts from Red Velvet, a poem honoring the seamstress and late civil rights activist Rosa Parks, “By forty-two, you have pieced and sewn many things together in segregated Alabama. You have heard “N– Gal” more times than you can stitch your manners down.”
Ambassador Andrew Young recounts how his youth set the tone for a decision to embark upon a career in politics, his relationship with Martin Luther King Jr. and little known stories from behind the scenes of the civil rights movement, “When Martin was killed, the last night before he went to Memphis, Belafonte, John Conyers, Dick Hatcher and myself were sitting around talking about how do we take the energy of the civil rights movement and move it into politics.”
Julianne Malveaux, Ph.d, economist, educator and Bennett College President, cites the Montgomery bus boycott as the modern day evolution of black economic empowerment and shares her experiences with the Black power movement. “These folks who had nothing, had literally nothing, decided they were going to do an economic boycott. They brought the city to its knees and put the bus company out of business.”
Singer, songstress and actor Mary J. Blige remembers her first meeting Dr. Maya Angelou at Oprah Winfrey’s Legend’s Ball luncheon, “That was the beginning of me wanting what they (the late Coretta Scott King, Ruby Dee and Maya Angelou) had, which was the strength that they had to press past all of the obstacles and to be educated, Black, African-American women.”
Throughout this hour-long trek through our nation’s history, Maya Angelou offers a historical and personal perspective. Additional interview excerpts will be continually released on the website mayaangelouonpublicradio.com throughout the month of February as well as links to the guests websites and photos from the civil rights era. A call for listener civil rights stories is also a part of the site. More information and a list of public radio stations currently airing the program can be found at mayaangelouonpublicradio.com.
Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special is underwritten by AT&T. Articles, featuring additional interview excerpts and content on Black History Month, will reside on att.com/28days. Maya Angelou will post onhttp://www.facebook.com/MayaAngelou with 3.2 million fans and tweets on Twitter updating a list of stations airing the program and alerting listeners when new content is available.hy
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