Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou becomes first Black woman to appear on a US quarter
US treasury secretary says the writer and civil rights campaigner’s appearance on the coin represents ‘what we value, and how we’ve progressed as a society’

Alison Flood

11, Jan, 2022 @1:11 PM

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'Sexism stands at the door': 11 female film-makers written out of mainstream Hollywood history
Maya Angelou and Jean Seberg were just some of the women who faced everything from racism and sexism to transphobia, yet produced some of cinema’s most defining pictures

Helen O'Hara

02, Mar, 2021 @10:53 AM

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Amanda Gorman at Biden's inauguration reminded me: politics needs poetry
The 22-year-old’s poem was fervent and crafted. Now let’s pay attention to young black voices on less glamorous stages

Kadish Morris

24, Jan, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Maya Angelou Barbie doll launched in US
Mattel adds figure of revered writer to its ‘Inspiring Women’ series alongside Rosa Parks and Florence Nightingale

Alison Flood

20, Jan, 2021 @11:26 AM

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When comfort reading won't cut it: books to restore hope in humanity
From Man’s Search for Meaning to a celebration of life in the face of death, Cathy Rentzenbrink picks the books that confirm her faith in people

Cathy Rentzenbrink

28, Sep, 2020 @5:00 AM

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George Alagiah: 'Steinbeck taught me the power of words'
The television presenter and author on Graham Greene, Germaine Greer and reading poetry during chemotherapy

George Alagiah

10, Jul, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Alaskan school board lifts ban on Gatsby and Catch-22 after protests
The Matanuska-Susitna borough in Palmer restores modern classics by authors including F Scott Fitzgerald and Joseph Heller to curriculum after community action

Alison Flood

22, May, 2020 @4:00 PM

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Free food and $100 prizes: Alaskans rally to get challenged classics to students
After school board in Alaska pulls books by authors including F Scott Fitzgerald from the curriculum, local businesses are working to encourage reading them

Alison Flood

30, Apr, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Frozen in time: Maya Angelou cooks for Toni Morrison, September 1994
To honour the author’s Nobel prize for literature, Angelou hosts a feast for 150 in her Winston-Salem home

Mayukh Sen

18, Aug, 2019 @10:30 AM

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‘Like air, I’ll rise': Ilhan Omar and others on words to conquer hate
Inspired by Omar, the Guardian and Pen America asked writers to share inspiring lines from poems about overcoming hate – and readers to submit theirs

Guardian staff

22, Jul, 2019 @3:20 PM

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – archive, 1 April 1984
Paul Bailey on the inspirational autobiography of a woman who survived rape and racism in the American south

Paul Bailey

31, Mar, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Out from the margins: meet the New Daughters of Africa writers
More than 25 years after her groundbreaking Daughters of Africa anthology, Margaret Busby reflects on the next generation of black women writers around the world

Margaret Busby

09, Mar, 2019 @11:00 AM

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