Presented as part of the 2017 Portland Black Film Festival.
Poet, storyteller, actress, dancer, and activist Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Throughout her prolific life, she inspired generations with lyrical thought that pushed boundaries. This unprecedented film celebrates Dr. Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos that show her impact on the world. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South, to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana, to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.
The 2017 Portland Black Film Festival is made possible through the generous support of the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.