Maya Angelou: American Masters
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
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 presented by American Masters, "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”
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, and 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.