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Maya Angelou bound for Salem State podium

SALEM – Hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary black literature, Maya Angelou is bound for Salem State College where on Nov. 5 she will deliver a special presentation as a prelude to the institution’s annual Speaker Series.The college next spring enters its 26th season of bringing world celebrities and leaders to the podium, such as former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, satirist Dave Barry, historian Ken Burns, actress Goldie Hawn, statesman Henry Kissinger, political heavyweight Colin Powell and many others.Angelou is the author of numerous books of poetry and several autobiographies, including the much-acclaimed “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Often described as a tower civil rights activist and a true Renaissance woman, she has a reputation as a mesmerizing and powerful speaker.”Angelou is one of those rare voices capable of shattering the opaque prisms of race and class, and her success in nearly every endeavor she has undertaken has elevated her to the status of one of this country’s true national treasures,” said Salem State spokesman Margo Steiner.As an author, Angelou has earned Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominations. She was one of the first African-American women in the U.S. to see her works published and included on best-seller lists. In 1993, she became only the second poet in U.S. history to be accorded the honor of writing and reciting original work at a Presidential inauguration, Steiner said.”On the Pulse of Morning,” the poem she wrote for, and read so eloquently, at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, gave her wide recognition and won her a Grammy Award for best-spoken word recording.In the 1960s, at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and in 1975 she received the Ladies Home Journal Woman of the Year Award in communications.A lifetime Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Angelou continues to lecture frequently throughout the U.S. and abroad.Tickets to the presentation at the Salem State College O’Keefe Sports Center on Canal Street in Salem are on sale and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The tickets are $10 for all students with a student ID, $15 for general admission bleacher seats, $35 for floor seats and $50 for premium seats. There will be no reception following the presentation.To order tickets, call (978) 542-7555. For more information, go online to www.salemstate.edu/series.

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