Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – Maya Angelou, hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, will speak at Northern Michigan University at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Berry Events Center. Northern Arts and Entertainment, Platform Personalities and the Honors Program are sponsoring the event, which is called “An Evening with Maya Angelou”.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Angelou has published five autobiographies, two personal essays, three childrenÂ’s books, six plays, two screenplays and many poems.  One poem, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1972. Her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller list for two years and was nominated for the National Book Award.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Angelou studied drama and dance in her youth, determined to build a stage career. She has since performed in, written, produced and directed a number of dramatic and musical theater productions. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for her performance in Look Away on Broadway.

In television, Angelou received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role in the 1977 production of Roots, and a Golden Eagle Award for her PBS special, Afro-American in the Arts. She has made hundreds of appearances on television talk shows, and guest appearances on such programs as Sesame Street and Touched by an Angel.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Also known as a civil rights activist, Angelou honored a request by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to serve as northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. She also served on President Jimmy CarterÂ’s Presidential Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Tickets for “An Evening with Maya Angelou” are now on sale at all NMU E-Z Ticket Outlets. The cost is $5 for all NMU students, $8 for people 18 years or younger, and $10 for the general public. All seats are reserved. For more information, call (906) 227-2447.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman