The Legacy of Maya Angelou – Words, Music, Films, Books

 

The legacy of Maya Angelou is as remarkable as her poetry. She has received more than 50 honorary degrees during her lifetime. She was nominated in 1972 for a Pulitzer Prize for her screenplay – the first written by an African American woman to be filmed – for the film “Georgia, Georgia”. The breadth, depth and meaning of words has been amplified by the world-acclaimed literary voice of Angelou who died 5/28/2014 at the age of 86. She is also revered globally for her commitment to civil rights.

Dr. Maya Angelou was a writer, a dancer, a poet, an artist, a professor, a director, an activist…and appeared in television and films including Alex Haley’s series “Roots” and the feature film “Calypso Heat Wave” in 1957 as the sultry Miss Calypso. (Part of the film clip is in the Oprah Winfrey interview…Angelou sings along). Angelou was an inspiring example of leading a remarkable life of forgiveness and meaning considering the unspeakable truth she endured from age seven.

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

– Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

― Maya Angelou

“Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.”

— Maya Angelou

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

– Maya Angelou

Among her musical accomplishments, she collaborated with Branford Marsalis on the album “Buckshot LeFonque” in 1994. Angelou used her very popular “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” composed by Angelou for one of the tracks and Branford Marsalis created the music. You can listen to the track I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings here.  Return to Thumbnail View.

Going Home With Maya Angelou – Bill Moyers

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Oprah Winfrey Interview – Calypso Clip

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Oprah Winfrey Interview

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Oprah Winfrey Interview – Love Liberates

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