Thank you to everyone who came to our first Henry Hampton Film Series screening at the Missouri History Museum. The event was co-sponsored by Washington University Libraries Film & Media Archive, Cinema St. Louis, and the Missouri History Museum and there were 500 people in attendance. The screening was followed by a Q&A with co-director Rita Coburn Whack, interviewees Alice Windom and Poet Laureate of East St. Louis Eugene Redmond.
Ms. Windom, who was a friend of Angelou’s and lived with her in Ghana during the 1960s, spoke about their work and friendship and meeting Malcolm X during his travels in Africa. Eugene Redmond, who is also featured in the film, spoke about his friendship with Angelou and her generosity towards her fellow writers and artists.
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. The film will be shown on the PBS American Masters Series in 2017.