One of Maya Angelou’s most popular quotes reads as follows:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
And for decades and years beyond her passing, Dr. Angelou has made us feel every part of the human condition. Her story, documented in her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, introduced us to a quiet girl who was bruised internally, but found her voice and strength by discovering the power of words.
The wisdom imparted upon the world from the art of Dr. Maya Angelou serves as a reference point of understanding beauty and the ruin, queendom and the adversities of humanity. Through music, dance, acting and most of all poetry, Dr. Angelou’s significance on this thing called life was prolific and offered us a different way to feel and think about our history and the ideal of freedom.
In the first feature documentary, with Maya Angelou as the centerpiece, PBS Masters will premiere: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise during Black History Month.
The documentary film “reveals hidden facets of her life during some of America’s most defining moments,” states a release sent to JET. “The film reflects on how the events of history, culture and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life, and how, she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism,” co-director and co-producer Rita Coburn Whack stated.
Viewers will also get an insider’s perspective with exclusive interviews from Dr. Angelou, her friends and family, including Oprah Winfrey, rapper -actor Common, Alfre Woodard, Diahann Carroll, and Dr. Angelou’s son Guy Johnson, to name a few.
In relation to the docu-film, PBS has launched the #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which is based on the themes central to Dr. Maya Angelou’s life: artistic expression, academic success, active community engagement and acceptance of difference. For a full-year, people can join the initiative by sharing stories of inspirational women in their lives, via images, videos, or text on the American Masters website.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise premieres on February 21 on PBS, at 8pm.