When award-winning author, poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou wrote I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings in 1969, readers were eagerly thrusted into pages of a Jim Crow-era Arkansas filled with religious zeal and spurts of triumph. Through her transparency in book one and the subsequent five books that rounds out Dr. Angelou’s autobiography series, it is safe to conclude that the life of the six feet tall Maya Angelou had all but glamourous beginnings. Producer Rita Coburn-Whack aims to resurrect Dr. Angelou’s life in an all new documentary,The Maya Angelou Documentary which will air in 2016 on PBS’s American Masters.
Before her passing in 2014, Coburn-Whack, with the help of director Bob Hercules, worked closely with Angelou to comb through the massive archive of videos and photos that documents Dr. Angelou’s life. From her days as a calypso singer and dancer, her international travels with the famed opera Porgy And Bess and everything in between, Dr. Angelou’s most successful and troubling years will be graciously displayed and told by some of her closest friends and family members including interviews with former president Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Angelou herself. Colin Johnson, the grandson of the late Dr. Angelou told Vogue that this documentary will not only be a means of highlighting Dr. Angelou’s accomplishments, but that it is “…in its own right a history lesson.”
In order to complete The Maya Angelou Documentary for it’s anticipated 2016 release, a kickstarter campaign has been set up by the producers in order to cover final production costs of the documentary. The life of Dr. Maya Angelou has had such a profound affect on the lives of men and women worldwide- academic and personal- and it is only right that her legacy continues to shape the minds of budding writers and social activists with the help of the new documentary.
Watch a trailer of The Maya Angelou Documentary below:
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