As a part of its Black History Month celebration and American Masters series, PBS has released the first documentary feature on the life of writer-actor-activist Maya Angelou. “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” premiered on PBS this past week and is now available at PBS.org and on DVD.
For those of us lucky enough to squeeze into her CSUS classrooms in the fall of 1974 when her friend, Eugene Redmond, brought her here to teach for a semester, the excitement and inspiration are still palpable.
The film traces Angelou’s life from growing up in the Depression-era South through early work in avant garde theater (Jean Genet’s 1961 play “The Blacks”) to traveling to Ghana with Malcolm X and later life as an African American literary icon.
American Masters continues its celebration of Black History Month with “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” broadcast locally on KVIE2 at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26.