With the recent tragic loss of one of this world’s most prolific literary geniuses, Maya Angelou, on May 28th, there is an outpour of love, adoration and appreciation for her spirit, message and works.
Born into a period that was unkind to people like her, black, Maya struggled for a bit, working as a dancer and prostitute before finding her true calling and become a highly respected author and writer of seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry. She was the recipient of over 30 honorary doctorate degrees, although she never personally attended college. What made her that much more amazing, is through her successes and accolades, she never once shied away from her past, embracing her “taboo” careers in the hopes to show others that you can rise from darkness.
In commemoration of her life and contributions to society, white and black alike, the New York Public Library will be holding a free exhibition of her papers from now through June 30th at the Schomburg Center for Black Excellence in Harlem, NY. They will be organized into an exhibit titled “Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou 1928-2014”. In addition, Oprah’s OWN Network will air a special tribute in memory of the prized laureate this Sunday, June 1st, from 5pm – 10pm. The schedule is as follows
- The Oprah Winfrey Show: Conversations with Dr. Maya Angelou (5pm – 6pm EST/PT)
- Super Soul Sunday: Oprah & Dr. Maya Angelou Part 1 (6pm – 7pm EST/PT)
- Super Soul Sunday: Oprah & Dr. Maya Angelou Part 2 (7pm – 8pm EST/PT)
- Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball (8pm – 9pm EST/PT) *Cable Premiere
- Oprah’s Master Class: Dr. Maya Angelou
Enjoy everyone and RIP Dr. Maya Angelou; the world has lost a beautiful soul.