Pulaski Tech, in partnership with AETN, will host a special screening of the new documentary “American Masters - Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” on April 20 in The Center for Humanities and Arts Theater on the college’s Main Campus, 3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock.
The documentary will be shown four times throughout the day with screenings beginning at 9:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
As the first feature documentary about Dr. Angelou’s life, American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, chronicles her prolific life as a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer. Dr. Angelou inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.
The documentary premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released nationwide Feb. 21 on PBS as part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series.
Filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack shed light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South and her early performing career to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana and her many writing successes, including her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, the documentary reveals hidden facets of her life during some of America’s most defining moments. The film also features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, her friends and family, including Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Singleton, Diahann Carroll, Valerie Simpson, Random House editor Bob Loomis and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.
American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is a co-production of The People’s Poet Media Group, LLC, THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET, and ITVS in
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UA-Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through occupational/technical degree and certificate programs, a university-transfer curriculum and specialized programs for business and industry. The college’s mission is to provide access to high quality education that promotes student learning, to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential and to support the economic development of the state.