Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou on Creativity

The world is full of stories on Maya Angelou, as we learned of her passing today. In Films on Demand, we found an informative, heart-touching film called Creativity with Bill Moyers: Maya Angelou

Following acclaimed poet and memoirist Maya Angelou on a visit to her childhood surroundings in Stamps, Arkansas, this Bill Moyers interview remains a classic of broadcast journalism and a valuable teaching tool for African-American studies. “I was terribly hurt in this town,” Angelou tells Moyers, “and vastly loved.” She recalls her rapturous discovery of Shakespeare (while savoring a favorite sonnet’s opening line) and the power poetry gave her over the traumas of earlier years. She speaks to a hushed church congregation and a racially diverse elementary school class; she shares memories with long-lost friends and discusses family history with a wizened acquaintance of her grandmother. Gradually, viewers gain a glimpse of the relationship between Angelou’s origins, her creative process, and her prolific output.

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