Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise


Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

With co-director Rita Coburn Whack

March 24, 2016 – 7:00 pm
Lee Auditorium, Missouri History Museum

Join us for a free screening 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.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is the first feature documentary about the world-renowned writer, performer, and activist. This richly-textured film provides a comprehensive look at Angelou’s life and work, including her St. Louis roots, her years in Ghana during the decolonization of Africa, her involvement in the civil rights movement, and her tenure as one of America’s most influential voices. First coming to literary prominence with her international best-seller I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ms. Angelou’s importance extended well beyond the literary world, and her roles as writer, educator, and television personality made her an icon for advocates of gender and racial equality. Her art and life were always intertwined with her politics, as evidenced by her close ties to civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, as well as her friendship with fellow uncompromising author James Baldwin. Although her remarkable talents brought her to worldwide prominence (she was a recipient of both the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and she was chosen to deliver her poem, “On the Pulse of the Morning,” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration), Ms. Angelou was never afraid to speak to uncomfortable truths on such controversial topics as sexual abuse and racism. Such important worldwide leaders and personalities as Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, pay tribute to Ms. Angelou and her complex and varied life in this film, which The Guardian describes as a “Perceptive portrait of a legendary writer.” Maya Angelou premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Due to the great interest in this screening and because seating is limited a (free) ticket will be required to enter the Auditorium. Tickets will be issued at the south Museum entrance.
• Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
• One ticket per person (you can’t pick up extra tickets for your friends/family)
• No saved seats in the Auditorium
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