Celebrate Maya event to be held in Angelou’s hometown

Maya AngelouThe “Celebrate Maya” project is an effort to pay tribute Dr. Maya Angelou. The world-renowned author, actress, and activist who grew up in Stamps, Arkansas. The free public event takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Lafayette High School located at 1209 Alexander Lane in Stamps.

Stamps Mayor David Bright and author and publisher Janis F. Kearney are co-chairs of the event which will include special guest, Elliot Jones, Angelou’s grandson, and a performance by the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Vesper Choir. The UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity is one of the sponsors for the celebration. See full event details below:

Saturday, October 18, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lafayette County High School 1209 Alexander Lane
Stamps, Arkansas

– Special guest: Elliot Jones, Dr. Angelou’s grandson

– Remembrances of Maya

– UAPB Vesper Choir

– SW AR Arts Council & Hope PS Drum Ballet

– Announcement of poetry contest winners

– Reception at conclusion

– Visit “The Pond” recently named in her honor

For information, go the Celebrate Maya Facebook page or send an email to celebratingMaya@gmail.com.

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The Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was founded in July 2011. With a vision to make Arkansas the best state in the country for promoting and celebrating racial and ethnic diversity, the Institute conducts research, promotes scholarship and provides programs that address racial inequities. It does so by facilitating open and honest dialogue aimed at empowering communities and informing public policy to achieve more equitable outcomes.

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