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Remembering Maya Angelou

Last Saturday, family and friends gathered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to say good-bye to Maya Angelou, who died last month at the age of 86. Rediscovered Radio's Jocelyn Robinson adds our remembrance today with an interview from the WYSO archives, recorded in 1975.

Credit Chester Higging Jr.
Maya Angelou in 1969

Maya Angelou wrote seven memoirs, poems, plays, two cookbooks, and countless words of inspiration. At Angelou’s memorial service, First Lady Michelle Obama, said, “She reminded us that we must each find our own voice, decide our own value, and then announce it to the world with all the pride and joy that is our birthright as members of the human race.”

In the mid 1970s, Maya Angelou was already known for her words of resilience and uplift.  Lin Harris from WBAI in New York interviewed Angelou in 1975.  That audio was distributed nationally by Pacifica Radio and aired on WYSO.

Maya Angelou's 1975 interview with Lin Harris

Major funding for Rediscovered Radio is provided by the Ohio Humanities Council and the Greene County Public Library.

Jocelyn Robinson is a Yellow Springs, Ohio-based educator, media producer, and radio preservationist. As an educator, Robinson has taught transdisciplinary literature courses incorporating critical cultural theory and her scholarship in self-definition and identity. She also teaches community-based and college-level classes in digital storytelling and narrative journalism.
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