Maya Angelou, Living with her Arms Wide Open

Remembering Maya Angelou

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."  

Essayist, poet, actress, director, activist, raconteur Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86. Her zest for life was legendary. She was a role model and mentor to generations of writers, students, and women.  

The honors Dr. Angelou was awarded during her lifetime go on and on. Grammy winner and holder of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Pulitzer and Tony award nominee. She received dozens of honorary degrees, including one from Mills College. Rollins College in Florida has a library named in her honor. Bill Clinton asked her to recite her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at his1993 inauguration. 

In a lighter mood, she endeared herself to a generation of Sesame Street viewers with her appearances in the 1990s, including this one.

Our collections are full of resources by and about her for every interest and age. How do you find works by and about Maya Angelou at the library?  The easiest way to find the most books -- and things that aren't books -- is to enter her name, "Maya Angelou," in the catalog search box.  You'll get 220 entries -- probably more than you'd want but you can use the "refine by" filters on the left to narrow your choices.

Do you want to know more?  Dr. Angelou can be found in online reference resources like those in Biography in Context and Literature Resource Center. And don't forget print resources. The Main Library's Black History Collection is rich with references to Maya Angelou and other African-American authors. The Magazine and Newspaper Room can help you find magazine articles by and about her. In June the Main Library is featuring a display on her life and work in one of our central display cases. 

Miss Angelou tweeted her last tweet only four days before she died. She wrote, "Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God."