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“Phenomenal Woman” Maya Angelou speaks April 24

Loyola press release - March 16, 2005

The 10th annual Father Carter Lecture Series presents “An Evening with Maya Angelou” on Sunday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in Roussel Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St.Charles Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available to Loyola faculty, staff and students. The general public will be instructed to view from an overflow room, the St. Charles Room in the Danna Center, or they may wait in line until 6:50 p.m. when, if not full to capacity, Roussel Hall will be opened to everyone.

Angelou is a renowned poet, civil rights activist, educator, historian, playwright, actor, producer, and director. She is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature and as a remarkable Renaissance woman. Wake Forrest University appointed her to a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies.

Angelou is author of the best-selling autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings published in 1970. In 1978, she published “Phenomenal Woman,” a poem that is an anthem of women’s strength in their own womanhood. In 1993, she was only the second poet in U.S. history to write and recite an original work at a presidential inauguration. President Bill Clinton presented her with the esteemed Medal of Arts in 2002, given to individuals for their contributions to growth, support, and excellence in the arts of the United States.

Angelou’s volume of work and achievements include 25 books, eight plays, television appearances, spoken word albums, and original movie scores. An exhaustive list of organizations and groups have honored with awards and recognitions.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Father Carter Lecture Series, created by the Student Government Association, is a gift to the student body to honor former Loyola president, the Rev. James C. Carter, S.J. The lecture series seeks to secure a speaker whose life has exemplified the Jesuit values held by Carter and the Jesuit order. The Student Government Association and the University Programming Board sponsor the lecture.