Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Making the Film

Filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn-Whack share some of the inspiration and process that went into making the film Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

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Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Go behind the scenes with John Singleton

John Singleton shares why he believes Dr. Angelou’s story is so important in this behind-the-scenes footage from “American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.”

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Explore Dr. Maya Angelou’s Life through her books

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird […]

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Learn why Maya Angelou signed with Porgy and Bess

Dr. Maya Angelou started her career in singing and dancing and eventually signed a contract with Porgy and Bess in order to further her career. Learn more about her time with the company in this video.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Behind the Scenes with Common, Rita Coburn-Whack & Maya Angelou

Rita Coburn-Whack, co-director of American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, originally introduced Maya Angelou and Common, who continued to work together and collaborate as writers and artists.