American Masters: Maya Angelou

American Masters: Maya Angelou
February 21, 2017 paperlesslion

Tonight at 8 pm on DPTV and across PBS: Don’t Miss A Special Episode of American Masters on the life and legacy of Maya Angelou. The program airs tonight on on Detroit Public Television Ch. 56.

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Detroit Public Television’s (DPTV) salute to Black History Month continues tonight with a special, must-see episode of American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, premieres TONIGHTat 8:00 P.M. ET.

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.

With unprecedented access, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack trace Dr. Angelou’s incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South and her early performing career (1957’s Miss Calypso album and Calypso Heat Wave film, Jean Genet’s 1961 play The Blacks) to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana and her many writing successes, including her inaugural poem for President Bill ClintonAmerican Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise reveals hidden facets of her life during some of America’s most defining moments. The film also features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, her friends and family, including Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Singleton, Diahann Carroll, Valerie Simpson, Random House editor Bob Loomis and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.

DPTV proudly continues to serve the most diverse PBS audience in the country by telling the story of the most important city in the U.S. – Detroit – with a special spotlight on Black History Month. Watch American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise tonight at 8:00 P.M. ET on DPTV. Viewers can learn more about the film by visiting