WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita Public Library will celebrate the life and legacy of Maya Angelou at a branch named for the late author and poet.
Angelou died May 28. She was a champion of public libraries and attended the opening of Wichita's Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library in late 1996. She also taught briefly at Wichita State University.
The celebration at 7 p.m. Friday will include poetry, dance, song and memories from her Wichita friends and colleagues.
Angelou told her own story in her autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." She was an actress, singer and dancer in the 1950s and 1960s. During her years as a civil rights activist she befriended Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.