Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. A poet, educator, historian, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, Dr. Angelou is the best selling author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, A Song Flung Up to Heaven, and Hallelujah! The Welcome Table.
In 1981, Dr. Angelou was appointed to a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University and she became the second poet in U.S. history to have the honor of writing and reciting original work at a Presidential Inauguration. Dr. Angelou was chosen by President Bill Clinton to deliver her poem On the Pulse of Morning at his inaugural address in January 1993.
Within the rhythm of her poetry and elegance of her prose lies Dr. Angelou’s unique power to shatter the opaque prisms of race and class and captivate her readers through the sheer vigor and beauty of her words. Considered one of our national treasures, Dr. Angelou continues to travel the world spreading her legendary wisdom by challenging her audiences to invest their spirit in elevating the human condition.