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Schomburg Center Research Guide: Dr. Maya Angelou

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“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou photograph © Jill Krementz. All rights reserved
 
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has a long-standing history of and commitment to preserving and making accessible materials related to the black experience throughout the African Diaspora. We are continuing this commitment with the creation of research guides on various subjects related to our collection holdings.  
 
Consummate poet, writer, journalist, actress, dancer, Dr. Maya Angelou, was born, Marguerite Annie Johnson, on April 4, 1928, to Bailey Johnson and Vivian Baxter Johnson. Dr. Angelou, began writing poetry as a child, and went on to have a wildly successful career as a journalist for a nationalist publication in Egypt, then in Ghana where she continued her work as a journalist and an administrator at the University of Ghana. Her six autobiographies, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, and A Song Flung Up to Heaven, and her memoir, Mom & Me & Mom, were best-sellers. Her work as a calypso singer, actress, and dancer, provided her with an opportunity to perform both nationally, and internationally, often, with her beloved son, Bailey Johnson, in toe. Dr. Angelou’s friendships with notable contemporaries such as, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Lena Horne, and countless others are represented in the Maya Angelou papers, as is her work as a professor at Wake Forest University. This guide will provide you with resources found here at The Schomburg Center, that speak to Dr. Angelou as a phenomenal woman and artist.

This guide is the third in a series of research guides created to provide our researchers with access to our collection materials, continuing our legacy of preserving and making accessible materials related to the black experience throughout the African Diaspora.  With this series of research guides, researchers will find materials from all five divisions here at the Schomburg Center: Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference DivisionArt and Artifacts DivisionMoving Image Recorded SoundPhotographs and Prints Division, and the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.

Please review the materials listed, and contact the specific divisions listed for more information regarding access to the materials.

Note: this guide is not all inclusive. Please view our catalog and/or Archives Portal to find additional materials related to Dr. Maya Angelou.

Maya Angelou and Charles Gordone (in masks) in the stage production The Blacks
Maya Angelou and Charles Gordone (in masks) in the stage production The Blacks. Image ID: 5351578

Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

*This division is by appointment only.  To make an appointment, visit here.

(left to right) Jay J. Riley, Charles Gordone, Maya Angelou, Lex Monson, and Raymond St. Jaques (in masks) in the stage production The Blacks
(left to right) Jay J. Riley, Charles Gordone, Maya Angelou, Lex Monson, and Raymond St. Jaques (in masks) in the stage production The Blacks. Image ID: 5351541 

Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division

Books

Maya Angelou: clippings.

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou photograph © Jill Krementz. All rights reserved


Photographs and Prints Division

Arts and Artifacts Division

Poster:

Title: The Blacks

Accession #: PO.X.773

Poster Category: Theater

Size: 17.50 x 10.25

Date: Unknown (19??)

*Due to renovations, this division is temporarily closed.

Moving Image Recorded Sound

Evening exchange. Maya Angelou / WHMM-TV ; host, Kojo Nnamdi.

People are talking. Maya Angelou : television news program / KPIX.

Slave routes [videorecording] : resistance, abolition & creative progress / director, Jayne Cortez ; a film documentary of the 2008 conference at NYU.

Sharing the dream. Maya Angelou [videorecording] / Kentucky Educational Television ; producer, Thomasena Morris ; director, Vince Spoelker.

Maya Angelou, Clayton Riley and Paulette Williams interviewed on WRVR Radio [sound recording].

This division is by appointment only.  To make an appointment, visit here.   

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