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Angelou has a happy knack of attracting the best and the brightest into her orbit, and The Heart of a Woman offers a veritable cornucopia of black luminaries in its pages. Singer Billie Holiday, writers John Ellins and Paule Marshall, jazz musicians Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, and actors Godfrey Cambridge and James Earl Jones--Maya meets and learns from them all. Political activism soon follows as Ms. Angelou first organizes a theatrical benefit for the Reverend Martin Luther King and then becomes the director of the New York Southern Christian Leadership Conference office. Her involvement in the civil rights movement eventually brings her into contact with African freedom fighters Oliver Tambo and the charming Vusumzi Make, whom she marries and follows to Africa.
The Heart of a Woman is as honest, painful, funny, outraged, and outrageous as Angelou herself. From her debut at the Apollo Theatre to her meeting with Malcolm X, Maya Angelou gives us something to cheer about and plenty to ponder as well. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Angelou is a good story and has lived a very interesting life. This book begins with a meeting with Billie Holiday and has stories around a wide variety of known figures including... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shalom Freedman
Delightful read! The feeling and bustle of mother Africa came beautifully through.....I'm amazed at her frankness and openness of reverse racism.....refreshingly honest!Published 3 months ago by Karin Griffin