In Other News: Maya Angelou

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A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL.

By Michelle Eickmeyer

For many of us, our first introduction to Maya Angelou came in the form of a required reading list. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” has graced innumerable backpacks and lockers. Her writing style, mission, and general awesomeness has not gone unnoticed. Ms Angelou has won Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards. She has received the Lincoln Medal (2008), the National Medal of Arts (2010), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011). She has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

She is also one of the most banned authors in American history.

Love her or leave her, Maya Angelou’s impact on American literature and society will be long felt. For more information on other resources from Gale about Dr. Angelou, see this post.

Here are five titles that look at Dr. Maya Angelou from different perspectives:

Contemporary Authors New Revision Series. Gale, 2014

For a complete biography of thousands of authors, including Dr. Angelou, this series cannot be beat.

Poetry for Students. Gale, 2014.

Help for yourself or your students understand the layers, subtext and symbolism of Dr. Angelou’s is right at your fingertips with this incredible series.

VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever. Gale, 2014.

Many people are surprised to hear that beyond poetry and other kinds of writing, Maya Angelou was also an actor and director. From “Down in the Delta,” her first directorial effort to films adapted from her works, you can find information on her films.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America. Gale, 2014

An advocate for minorities of all kinds, Dr. Angelou worked diligently to expose social injustice and inequality. This series explores the multiple cultures found within the U.S.

Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers, 1st Edition. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007.

Growing up in the segregated South, Dr. Angelou’s life has had many struggles. This series explores her work as an African American, and as a woman.



photoAbout the Author

Michelle is an “anytime!” traveler and language enthusiast. She has degrees in talking from Central Michigan and Michigan State University. She is currently becoming a runner and used to play golf in high school.


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