Tag Archives: Maya Angelou

Black Writers Picture Themselves – Part 2

Burt Britton’s 1976 book Self-Portrait: Book People Picture Themselves contains nearly 750 self-portraits of writers and actors, from Edward Abbey (A) to Paul Zweig (Z).  It all started when Britton, then tending bar in New York, tried to get a … Continue reading

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Cultural Events at North Central College: A Personal History

This is the LEAD POST in a series on major conferences I helped direct at my college as the head of, first, The Visiting Lecturer Committee, which then grew to become the Cultural Events Committee.  I’m posting these now partly … Continue reading

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Maya Angelou: “America’s Poet”

Yesterday morning brought the news that Maya Angelou had died at age 86.  The news coverage was befitting this American icon—long segments on virtually every national and local newscast, front page New York Times, plus a full page and half … Continue reading

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