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Wichita Public Library To Celebrate The Life Of Maya Angelou

Courtesy of WSU Special Collections

Credit Wichita Public Library
Maya Angelou speaking at the Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library Dedication on December 20, 1996.

  The Wichita Public Library will celebrate the life and legacy of poet and author Maya Angelou Friday at the library branch named in her honor.

Dr. Angelou died May 28th.

She was a strong proponent of education and was a champion of public libraries. She attended the opening of the city’s Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library in December of 1996.

Maya Angelou also taught classes at Wichita State University in March of 1974. Sonia Faust is a regular visitor to the Angelou library and has read her books. She says Dr. Angelou was a hero within your reach.

Credit Carla Eckels
Sonia Faust by the poet-tree where visitors can hang their reflections on paper leaves about the late poet.

“I remember coming when she came to dedicate the library," says Faust. “I can’t say that about any other author or any other poet!"

The event will include poetry, music and special remembrances from friends and colleagues.

Attendees can also hang paper leaves with their personal reflections on a tree that was created in honor of Dr. Angelou.

The celebration will be held Friday, June 27 at 7pm at the Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 East 21st Streen North in Wichita.