Today we are talking about a gal who was a poet, an activist, a dancer, an actress, a director, a writer, and an educator. A gal who used her many gifts to teach us empathy, compassion, and inner strength. Today we’re talking about the amazing life and legacy of your gal, Maya Angelou.
Show Notes & Extras:
- Highly recommended documentary currently on Netflix Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.
- Where Maya grew up.
- Her parent’s divorce and living with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas.
- Her rape as a small child and causing her to go mute.
- Getting her voice back through poetry
- Moving to Oakland, CA.
- Giving birth to her son Guy.
- Marriage to Tosh Angelopulos.
- Dancing and singing Calypso from NY to San Francisco.
- Touring with Porgy and Bess.
- Turning to writing and joining the Harlem Writers Guild.
- Her work with Martin Luther King, Jr, and work as the SCLC Northern Coordinator.
- Performing as the White Queen The Blacks.
- Marriage to South African civil rights activist Vusumzi Make.
- Her move to Ghana and Guy’s terrible accident.
- Malcolm X coming to visit Maya in Ghana (and a brief history of Malcolm X).
- Maya moving to NY to help Malcolm.
- Malcolm’s death and Martin’s death.
- ‘Blacks, Blues, Black! 10-part documentary. Episode 1 by KQED Arts
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings autobiography.
- The first book of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie.
- Georgia, Georgia movie.
- Marriage to Paul Du Feu.
- Two more autobiographies.
- Roots, miniseries.
- And Still I Rise, a poem, a play, and the title of her 3rd work of poetry. Best when heard her perform it.
- The Heart of a Woman.
- Teaching for 32 years at Wake Forest University.
- On the set of Poetic Justice. Various tellings of the story. Leah’s favorite is from Iconoclast, also check out With George Stroumboulopoulos, and On American Masters
- Presidental Inguration of Bill Clinton where she performed, “On the Pulse of the Morning.”
- Her work with Hallmark.
- Maya published 36 books in her lifetime.
- Iconoclasts episode with Maya Angelou and Dave Chappel that Leah’s recommends.
- Her death in 2014.
- What legacy Phoebe and Leah feel she has left behind.
- What lessons Phoebe and Leah learned from her.
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Your Gal Friday is a weekly podcast about female leaders, innovators and rule breakers. Your hosts, Dr. Leah Leach & Ms. Phoebe Frear, talk about the life and legacy about a gal as well as what they have learned from her.