Remembering Maya Angelou

Jun 12, 2014

Last Saturday, family and friends gathered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to say good-bye to Maya Angelou, who died last month at the age of 86. Rediscovered Radio's Jocelyn Robinson adds our remembrance today with an interview from the WYSO archives, recorded in 1975.

Maya Angelou in 1969
Credit Chester Higging Jr.

Maya Angelou wrote seven memoirs, poems, plays, two cookbooks, and countless words of inspiration. At Angelou’s memorial service, First Lady Michelle Obama, said, “She reminded us that we must each find our own voice, decide our own value, and then announce it to the world with all the pride and joy that is our birthright as members of the human race.”

In the mid 1970s, Maya Angelou was already known for her words of resilience and uplift.  Lin Harris from WBAI in New York interviewed Angelou in 1975.  That audio was distributed nationally by Pacifica Radio and aired on WYSO.

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