Black History Month Extravaganza featuring Dr. Maya Angelou

Renowned author, educator and civil rights activist Maya Angelou will be the featured speaker at the University of Delaware's Black History Month Extravaganza at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, in the Bob Carpenter Center.

Tickets for the presentation will be available at UD box offices and Ticketmaster outlets on Feb. 6 for UD faculty, staff and students.

Ticket sales for the general public will begin on Feb. 13.

Tickets are free for UD students with valid ID (limit of one ticket), $5 for UD faculty and staff with valid ID (limit of two tickets) and $10 for the general public.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the presentation.

For ticket information, call the UD box offices at 302-831-4012. For general information, call the UD Center for Black Culture at 302-831-2991.

Angelou, who has been described as a "global renaissance woman," has had a wide-ranging career as a dancer, musician and journalist. As an activist, she worked alongside Malcolm X and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1970 she wrote the acclaimed book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and she went on to become a trailblazer in film and television. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1972 screenplay Georgia, Georgia.

Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received three Grammy Awards. President Bill Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993.

She has received more than 30 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

The presentation is sponsored by UD's Center for Black Culture, the Cultural Programming Advisory Board, the Office of Student Life, the Office of Residence Life, University Student Centers, the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Department of English.

Article originally published February 1, 2013 on UDaily.

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