- Maya Angelou on black history
Maya Angelou presents a portrait of African Americans during the civil rights era, with guests U.S. Rep. John Lewis, poet Nikky Finney, songwriter Mary J. Blige, economist Julianne Malveaux, and Ambassador Andrew Young.11:00 a.m.
Maya Angelou: Poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer and director.
John Lewis: US Representative (D-Georgia) since 1987. Leader in the civil rights movement and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Participated in the Freedom Rides to desegregate the south and was severely beaten by angry mobs. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Nikky Finney: Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.
Mary J. Blige: Singer and songwriter who will play Nina Simone in an upcoming film on the life and times of the singer and civil rights activist.
Julianne Malveaux: Economist and president of Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C.
Andrew Young: Former US Ambassador to the United Nations. Former Atlanta Mayor and Georgia Congressman. Former president of the National Council of Churches, and member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 1960's. Supporter and friend of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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