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Transgender Author Toni Newman nterviews Dr. Maya Angelou about Wake Forest University, her poem Still I Rise and words of encouragement to African-American youth who are different, special and unique. Dr. Angelou announced the opening of a Los Angeles High School in her name this week. She was also inducted into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame for Writers this year. To read all about Dr Maya Angelou and her wonderful works go to http://www.mayaangelou.com.
Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.
The list of her published verse, non-fiction, and fiction now includes more than 30 bestselling titles and she has received over 30 honarary degrees.
A trailblazer in film and television, Dr. Angelou wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the 1972 film Georgia, Georgia. Her script, the first by an African American woman ever to be filmed, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards. President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou's reading of her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" was broadcast live around the world. President Barack Obama in 2010 awarded Dr. Angelou, Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian honor.
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