With co-director Rita Coburn Whack
March 24, 2016 – 7:00 pm
Lee Auditorium, Missouri History Museum
In advance of the St. Louis premiere of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, we’d like to share this interview with Maya Angelou that is part of the Henry Hampton Collection housed at Washington University’s Film & Media Archive. In this interview, conducted for the Blackside series, The Great Depression and now part of a fully searchable digital collection of interviews, Angelou talks about growing up in Stamps, Arkansas during the Great Depression, the poverty and segregation she experienced there, her grandmother’s store and its role in the community, her early education, and the impact that Joe Louis’s boxing victories had on African Americans. The interview concludes with Angelou reading part of the “Champion of the World” chapter from her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In addition to this interview with Angelou, the Film & Media Archive holds correspondence from Angelou to Henry Hampton, research material gathered by Blackside producers related to her, and another film in which she appeared, The Price of the Ticket, a documentary on her friend and fellow writer, James Baldwin.
The free screening of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, the first feature documentary about the world-renowned writer, performer, and activist, is presented by the Washington University Libraries, Cinema St. Louis, and the Missouri History Museum as part of the Henry Hampton Film Series. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with co-director Rita Coburn Whack, interviewee Alice Windom, and Poet Laureate of East St. Louis Eugene Redmond. Don’t miss this film described by The Guardian as a “perceptive portrait of a legendary writer.”