New documentary looks at the amazing life of Maya Angelou

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” icon Maya Angelou gave
people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou’s was a
prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern
African-American thought that pushed boundaries.
This unprecedented film celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate
archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of
America’s most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with
Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible
journey through the life of a true American icon.
The film also features a remarkable series of interviews with friends and family including President Bill
Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Secretary Hillary
Clinton, John Singleton and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.
U.S. television premiere on the American Masters series winter 2017 on PBS.