On this edition of From the Vault, we celebrate the life and work of Maya Angelou, who died on May 28, 2014 at her home in North Carolina. We pay tribute to this great poet and author with two audio recordings produced by Pacifica Radio, starting with a 1975 program titled An Evening with Maya Angelou, in which the author sings, reads from her first autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), and recalls landmark moments in her life that helped her discover her destiny. We will also feature Angelou’s performance of Phenomenal Women from a 1982 recording titled Our Sheroes and Heroes, a collection of Angelou’s material from 1976-1982.
From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.
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