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Basic Black: Remembering Maya Angelou

May 30, 2014

Tonight on Basic Black-- we pause to remember Maya Angelou—cultural icon, global artist, and wise elder who died this week at the age of 86.  Angelou’s  first book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings became a bestseller 30 years ago.  We'll talk about her seminal works and later in the discussion, a conversation we hope Angelou would have appreciated, our favorite books and authors we're taking with us into the summer.


- Callie Crossley, host, Under The Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH Radio

- Phillip Martin, senior reporter, WGBH News

- Afaa Michael Weaver, poet, Professor of English, Simmons College

- Rev. Irene Monroe, syndicated columnist

Author Maya Angelou delivers a tribute to South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding Award Ceremony at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)