Maya Angelou

After several glasses of Gwynt y Ddraig and lots of welshcakes I got home late and caught up with a recording from Tuesday of the documentary on BBC Four of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.

I knew of her as a kid from my parents when they discussed the Cuban crisis, who shot JFK, and Martin Luther King.

The documentary weaves video footage and rare archive photographs spanning her entire life, and boy what a life, interspersed with interviews with her son, the Clintons, Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones to name but a few.

Early shots of her dancing, singing Calypso and acting were great to see, as we tend to concentrate on her writing and her involvement with the activist movement. And there she was, as Kunta Kinte’s grandmother in the original Roots series, fantastic!

Footage of her meeting Malcolm X in Ghana and that beautiful, passionate poem for Bill Clinton’s inauguration were highlights for me, and her final interview on film before she died in 2014.  This lady lived a full and wonderful life and shared it with the world, the good times and those that were not so good.

If you have access to the BBC iPlayer I highly recommend you watch this 90 minute treat.

 

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