Free Screening & Discussion: Maya Angelou and Still I Rise
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602United States
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 2:00 pm
WTTW, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, presents a FREE screening and Discussion of Maya Angelou and Still I Rise. This is the first feature documentary about the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014), best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House). Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou’s was a prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. This unprecedented film weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.