Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou, 1928-2014 on view at the Schomburg Center in Harlem

Maya Angelou

As the world mourns the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem and New York Public Library are paying tribute to her by presenting a small selection of her collection in a special exhibit called: “Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou, 1928-2014”, open now through June 30th 2014.  In 2010, Dr. Angelou chose to keep her personal archive safe by housing her collection of papers, manuscripts, letters, and more at the Schomburg Center to inspire people that come to read her works.

The  Schomburg Center has also set up a guestbook where you can share thoughts and memories of Dr. Angelou’s life and work.

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an author, poet, actress, activist and acclaimed world-renowned speaker. Angelou published over 20 books; seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, among other literary accomplishments. She is best known for her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). On January 20, 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. In 2000, Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Arts and, in 2008, the Lincoln Medal. In 2010, President Obama awarded Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Angelou has also won three Grammy Awards for her spoken-word albums.

The materials displayed offer an intimate look at Angelou’s process as a writer and thinker and includes handwritten and typed drafts of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and “On the Pulse of Morning,” letters from Malcolm X and James Baldwin, and a portrait of Angelou in Ghana in 1963, among other treasures from the Maya Angelou Papers.