Maya Angelou hosts Black History Month Special

Feb 7, 2013

Join host Maya Angelou on 89.1 WEMU Friday, February 8, at 9am. Angelou poetically and historically covers milestones by African Americans in Nobel Peace Prize, Grammy, Academy Awards, and cultural awards.

Far from firsts, African Americans continue to be acknowledged by their communities, our country and internationally. This hour-long Black History Month radio program features milestone conversations with Maya Angelou and lauded African Americans from the Grammy's to the Emmy’s, Academy Awards, Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize categories. Host Maya Angelou, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Tony and Grammy award winner and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee, offers a unique, poetic and historical context of African Americans profiles from firsts to current recipients.

  • Oprah Winfrey, Television Personality, Philanthropist, Emmy Winner, Television Network Owner, speaks on ownership; the importance of her latest role in the film, The Butler; and the changing climate of the entertainment industry.
  • Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations 1997- 2006, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2001, speaks about the need for continued talks on peace, as well as his memoir, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace.
  • Jennifer Hudson, Oscar and Golden Globe winner, recalls her rise from an urban neighborhood to providing help for that community and others, and using the voice she found and developed to take her around the world. 
  • Regina Taylor, Golden Globe-winning actress and playwright, talks about how generations are bridged from the writer's pen and the ability to display social issues as well as the depth of family on the stage and screen.
  • Alicia Keys, multiple Grammy Award winner and philanthropist, talks about the changing roles of the entertainer as entertaining and using the empowerment of voice or other talents with action in the local and international community.