Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

February 22, 2017
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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments. As it seems we are on the brink of another defining moment in American History, how do we compel the next generation of artist and activists into thoughtful action?

Find out by joining us on Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00pm PT for an interactive discussion and online screening of the documentary on OVEE, ITVS's social TV platform, Learn how community leaders, organizations, and emerging artists are working to ensure their diverse voices are heard.

Participate in the online event and chat with the filmmakers, youth arts organizations, luminaries, and young artists. Hear their stories and discover how you can make a difference and inspire during this special post-broadcast online screening and discussion.

Brought to you in partnership by 826 National, Youth Speaks, NBPC and Goodreads.

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Event Intro

Welcome to OVEE

Maya Angelou Poetry Workshop | "I Rise" - Group Poem

KLRN worked with Gemini Ink for a Maya Angelou-inspired workshop with students from Davis Middle School.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou led a prolific life. She inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

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BRINGING THE NOISE FOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Youth Speaks celebrates the continuing life and legacy of Dr. King with a powerful and moving evening, where new voices emerge breathing life into the work and story of Dr. King. Beyond homage, these young poets and leaders are continuing the work left behind with renewed commitment, imagination and love. Join us as we listen and reinterpret excerpts of some of Dr. King’s powerful oratory and witness the moving responses from brilliant youth bringing the noise.

Screening Thank You


120 minutes



  • Co-Director Rita Coburn Whack

    Rita Coburn Whack is an award-winning producer of the Maya Angelou Show for Oprah Radio, Maya Angelou Black History Month Specials (PRI), and several documentaries which aired on C-Span and the History Channel.

  • E. Ethelbert Miller

    E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of several collections of poetry and two memoirs and the editor of Poet Lore. In April 2015, Miller was inducted into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the DC Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor. Miller is host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV and host of the weekly morning radio show On the Margin which airs on WPFW-FM 89.3. His most recent book is The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, edited by Kirsten Porter and published by Willow Books. photo credit: John B. Parks

  • Dr. Eve L. Ewing

    Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist, poet, essayist, visual artist, and educator. Her research is focused on racism, social inequality, urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Having received a doctorate from Harvard University, she is a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago; in 2018, she will begin as Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Currently, she is developing a book based on her dissertation, which explores the 2013 public school closures in Chicago and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago's Bronzeville community. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in fall 2017.

  • Trey Amos

    Trey is a poetic emcee and teaching artist originally from Nashville, TN. They are a product of the Youth Speaks programs and they are now implementing the same pedagogical practices for the next generation of young artists. Trey attended Western Kentucky University as a Journalism major. Trey has graced stages alongside artists and public figures such as Dr. Cornel West, Saul Williams, and Talib Kweli. Trey continues traveling and performing poetry & hip hop, facilitating workshops. and advocating for change through voice and identity.

  • Agnes Ugoji

    Agnes Ugoji is a Junior at John D. O'Bryant school of Mathematics and Science. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and has been writing poetry since age 13. She has been named Massachusetts Grand Slam Youth Champion and one of Boston's 150 Women of influence. Agnes have worked with 826 Boston since 9th grade for literary magazine and Poetry Slam.

  • Soraya Khan

    Soraya Khan, is 15 years old. She is a sophomore at the High School of Fashion Industries in NYC. She’s on the school track team and they recently got 2nd in our borough championship. She enjoys reading and free writing, as English is my favorite subject. This past year has changed a lot of her opinions on how important writing really is and how it can impact our society and its views in both a positive and negative light. She hopes to one day help change people's opinions in the same way my english teacher, Ms.Rebecca Eisenberg, changed mine.

  • Meyah Douglas

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