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Tavis Smiley Remembers Maya Angelou

John Hinton | Winston-Salem Journal   in  ·
April 13, 2015

Tavis Smiley, a television and radio broadcaster, says he wrote a book about the late Maya Angelou because she was the quintessential, renaissance woman – an accomplished poet, author, professor, chef, actor and director.

“Dr. Angelou is in the pantheon of great Americans,” Smiley said. “And she walked among you in Winston-Salem.”

Smiley talked about his book, “My Journey with Maya,” Thursday night to more than 200 people at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit organization, sponsored Smiley’s appearance.

Smiley’s book was released Tuesday, coinciding with the release of U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring Angelou, who died May 28, 2014 at her Winston-Salem home. She was 86.


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