Maya Angelou will speak at UD on Friday, Feb. 22.

Feb. 22: Maya Angelou to speak

Maya Angelou is Black History Month Extravaganza speaker

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1:14 p.m., Jan. 24, 2013--Renowned author, educator and civil rights activist Maya Angelou will be the featured speaker at the University of Delaware’s Black History Month Extravaganza on Friday, Feb. 22.

Details on the event will be forthcoming.

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Angelou, who has been described as a “global renaissance woman,” has had a wide-ranging career as a dancer, musician and journalist. As an activist, she worked alongside Malcolm X and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1970 she wrote the acclaimed book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and she went on to become a trailblazer in film and television. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1972 screenplay Georgia, Georgia

Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received three Grammy Awards. President Bill Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993.

She has received more than 30 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Photo by Dwight Carter

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