Maya Angelou, one of the great voices of contemporary literature, will speak at UMass Dartmouth on November 10 at the University's Tripp Athletic Center, beginning at 7 p.m.
Admission to "An Evening with Maya Angelou," is free for students, faculty and staff of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth who pick up their tickets at the UMass Pass office at the Campus Center by November 9. Advance tickets for the non-campus community can be purchased for $5 at the UMass Pass office or at Strawberries outlets.
Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday morning, November 3. Tickets at the door are $10 for everybody.
"Maya Angelou is a remarkable renaissance woman, and the University is happy to bring her powerful message of hope, dignity, and strength to our campus and to the SouthCoast community," UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. "It is our hope that the greater community joins our students, faculty, and staff to hear her inspiring words."
Ms. Angelou captivates her audiences lyrically with vigor, fire, and perception. She has the unique ability to shatter the opaque prisms of race and class.
Ms. Angelou has authored 11 best-selling books including, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and her current best-seller, A Song Flung Up to Heaven.
In January 1993, she became the second poet in U.S. history to have the honor of writing and reciting an original work at a presidential inauguration. Ms.Angelou’s poem for Bill Clinton’s inauguration was titled, "On The Pulse of Morning," for which she was awarded a Grammy Award for best spoken word.
As an actress, she has appeared in many television series, movies and documentaries, including the popular TV show, Touched By an Angel. She received an Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of a grandmother in the groundbreaking series Roots.
In 1981, Ms. Angelou was appointed to a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies and Wake Forest University.
Among her many awards are the Presidential Medal of Arts and Grammy Award for best spoken work. Writer’s Digest named her one of the 100 best writers of the 20th century. Ms. Angelou has been awarded 48 honorary degrees from colleges and universities across the nation.