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By Gwendolyn Glenn | June 2, 2014
I was listening to a local radio news program when I heard the anchor say that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed. To make sure the report was accurate, I called a friend, who knows her through a close friendship with Angelou's grandson. She confirmed what I was hoping was not true. The world had lost an icon in the passing of Angelou at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86 years old. Through her autobiographies, poems, essays, lectures and work in front of and behind the camera, as well as on stage, Angelou touched generations - my mom's, mine, my nieces' and nephews' generation and their children's.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | June 2, 2014
I was listening to a local radio news program when I heard the anchor say that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed. To make sure the report was accurate, I called a friend, who knows her through a close friendship with Angelou's grandson. She confirmed what I was hoping was not true. The world had lost an icon in the passing of Angelou at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86 years old. Through her autobiographies, poems, essays, lectures and work in front of and behind the camera, as well as on stage, Angelou touched generations - my mom's, mine, my nieces' and nephews' generation and their children's.
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Dan Rodricks | May 29, 2014
I bring Maya Angelou along today because news of her death made millions of us think of her voice - we can all hear that voice - but mostly because I think she belongs here. I have a couple of small stories to share, and while they stand alone as heart-lifters and soul-refreshers, some Maya music might give them a little more resonance. She extracted great lessons and profound wisdom from small things - personal experiences, observations from daily life - and her words ended up on posters and greeting cards.
NEWS
May 31, 2014
On Wednesday, just for a moment, my heart stopped. The same way it stopped when I heard that Toni Cade Bambara had breast cancer and when I heard that Nelson Mandela had passed away. It stopped the same way that my grandmother's heart stopped when she received the news about the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and the Four Little Girls. It only stopped for a moment as I realized that the world had lost a giant and for some of us, things would never be the same again.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
There will undoubtedly be a solemn tone to this week's Civil Rights Game festivities in Houston. Nationally renowned poet and essayist Dr. Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday , was scheduled to be one of three Beacon Awards recipients in a luncheon prior to the Civil Rights Game between the Orioles and the Houston Astros on Friday. Last week, Major League Baseball announced that Angelou would be unable to attend the Beacon Awards luncheon because of health reasons. “It is with deep regret that I able unable to attend the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon,” Angelou said in a statement to MLB.com.
NEWS
March 28, 1999
A lecture by poet Maya Angelou that had been scheduled for tomorrow night at Loyola College has been postponed because of illness.Loyola officials said they hope to reschedule the lecture for mid-April.For information on the new date, call 410-617-5151 beginning Wednesday. Those who bought tickets can use them for the rescheduled date or call TicketMaster for a refund.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1997
"Even the Stars Look Lonesome," by Maya Angelou. Random House. 145 pages. $18.There are three kinds of travelers, Maya Angelou tells us in this charming collection of short essays. The first is prudent and meticulous, the second haphazard and indolent. But the third is truly desperate, and because of that she fascinates."She touches us with her boldness and vulnerability," Angelou writes, "for her sole preparation is the fierce determination to leave wherever she is and her only certain destination is somewhere other than where she has been."
NEWS
May 31, 2014
On Wednesday, just for a moment, my heart stopped. The same way it stopped when I heard that Toni Cade Bambara had breast cancer and when I heard that Nelson Mandela had passed away. It stopped the same way that my grandmother's heart stopped when she received the news about the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and the Four Little Girls. It only stopped for a moment as I realized that the world had lost a giant and for some of us, things would never be the same again.
FEATURES
By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | February 21, 1992
FOR AN ACCOUNT of Maya Angelou's day at Pyramid Books, we turn to 10-year-old Munir Bahar, who surveyed her book-signing efforts from the psychology/self-help department, and penned his own poem:Maya Angelou isnice, good temperedwrote many booksis 63 years oldis tallwere's glassesis famousdresses wellhas many friendsautographed many bookshad a good day.As Ms. Angelou sat in the store's office yesterday, trying to gather her composure after signing hundreds...
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | February 21, 1992
For an account of Maya Angelou's day at Pyramid Books, we turn to 10-year-old Munir Bahar, who surveyed her book-signing efforts from the psychology/self-help department, and penned his own poem:Maya Angelou isnice, good temperedwrote many booksis 63 years oldis tallwere's glassesis famousdresses wellhas many friendsautographed many bookshad a good day.As Ms. Angelou sat in the store's office yesterday, trying to gather her composure after signing hundreds...
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | May 29, 2014
I bring Maya Angelou along today because news of her death made millions of us think of her voice - we can all hear that voice - but mostly because I think she belongs here. I have a couple of small stories to share, and while they stand alone as heart-lifters and soul-refreshers, some Maya music might give them a little more resonance. She extracted great lessons and profound wisdom from small things - personal experiences, observations from daily life - and her words ended up on posters and greeting cards.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
There will undoubtedly be a solemn tone to this week's Civil Rights Game festivities in Houston. Nationally renowned poet and essayist Dr. Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday , was scheduled to be one of three Beacon Awards recipients in a luncheon prior to the Civil Rights Game between the Orioles and the Houston Astros on Friday. Last week, Major League Baseball announced that Angelou would be unable to attend the Beacon Awards luncheon because of health reasons. “It is with deep regret that I able unable to attend the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon,” Angelou said in a statement to MLB.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Victoria Brownworth and Victoria Brownworth,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2008
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou Random House / 176 pages / $25 Larger than life in a quintessentially American way, Maya Angelou has taken self-reinvention to a level that other American writing legends, like Hemingway, only wished for. Reading her latest collection of vignettes and extrapolations from her incredibly full and vivid life, Letter to My Daughter, one cannot help but be struck by how much Angelou has overcome and how far she has...
ENTERTAINMENT
By RASHOD D. OLLISON | February 1, 2007
The sting of the guitar, the ache in the voice -- it was all a balm for the spirit. The lyrics spoke plainly about the craziness of love: It ain't no fun being in love all by yourself. I never loved a man the way I love you. Love'll make you do right, love'll make you do wrong. Make you come home early, make you stay out all night long. Underneath it all, the great soul singers -- Ray, Aretha, Curtis, Al, Marvin, Donny and many others -- made us believe that everything will be all right.
NEWS
By Amy Culbertson and Amy Culbertson,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 29, 2004
Maya Angelou, poet, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, civil-rights leader, historian, dancer, singer, actor, director, teacher, has written a new book called Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories With Recipes (Random House, $29.95), now in bookstores. In it, Angelou, 76, uses remembered meals and dishes as a prism through which to view her own life, its turning points and its intersections with the lives of others. "I am a writer, and I am a cook," Angelou says on the phone from her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. The cooks in the vignettes of The Welcome Table take care in deciding on exactly the right dish to cook for the moment at hand.
NEWS
By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2003
Nearing the end of the Port Discovery scavenger hunt yesterday, John Carreras and his 10-year-old daughter Renee were almost finished with their list uncovering names of African-American inventors. They were in an exhibit called Miss Perceptions Mystery House, where they found a child-sized version of an ironing board and learned that Sarah Boon invented the contraption in 1892. A few steps away was an umbrella stand, and a clue that said W.C. Carter made the first one in 1885. "You learn a lot through the exhibits," said Carreras, who along with his wife, Tina, drove from Severn to Baltimore's children's museum for its "I Have a Dream Weekend" honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which runs through today.
FEATURES
By Sujata Banerjee and Sujata Banerjee,Evening Sun Staff | December 14, 1990
AT 62, WRITER MAYA ANGELOU can look back at the shy, unspeaking little girl who lived in Stamps, Arkansas during the Depression and remember herself. She can also reflect upon the ballet dancer, the chanteuse, the opera singer, the screen writer, the playwright, the poet, the autobiographer and claim these for herself too."The more liberated a person is the more free she can be to look at herself through various and sundry prisms. It is indicative of a narrow society when we say, 'because he's a brick mason he can't like ballet,' or 'because she's an intellectual, she can't speak slang.
NEWS
January 13, 1998
DECIDING WHICH books are age-appropriate is never easy. Anne Arundel County Superintendent Carol S. Parham has decided that Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" should no longer be required reading of all ninth-graders in county schools. She was responding to parent complaints that the book contained references to rape and lesbianism.Rather than let this issue fester into a horribly divisive issue, Dr. Parham asked the school system's curriculum materials committee to review the book again this summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joan Mellen and Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | April 7, 2002
A Song Flung Up To Heaven, by Maya Angelou. Random House. 212 pages. $23.95. Malcolm X is murdered at the beginning of this, Maya Angelou's sixth and final memoir. Martin Luther King dies at its close. Maya Angelou, activist, nightclub singer, poet, playwright, dancer, knew them both. Malcolm had invited her to work with his fledgling Organization of African-American Unity. Dr. King had enlisted her in the poor people's march he was planning at the time of his death. Having returned from four years in Ghana, Angelou is horrified at the calm after Malcolm's death.
FEATURES
By Janis Campbell and Cathy Collison | February 7, 2000
February is Black History Month. Lots of students will be writing reports and learning about famous African Americans. Here are some books worth checking out: "Women of Hope: African Americans who Made a Difference," by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic, $16.95) is about 13 important women. Some of the names you know -- such as poet Maya Angelou -- but many will be new to you. For example, Septima Poinsette Clark, who lived from 1898 to 1987, was a pioneer teacher for African Americans. She later joined Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement.
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