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"A Song Flung Up to Heaven"

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

About the Program

From the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Festival, Michael Silverblatt, host of the radio program "Bookworm" on KCRW FM, interviewed poet and author Maya Angelou on her 6th work of autobiography titled, "A Song Flung Up To Heaven." The book recounts her relationship with Malcolm X shortly before he was fatally shot. She also described her work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who asked her to become his coordinator in the North for his Poor People's March. After Dr. King's assassination, Ms. Angelou withdrew from the world, until she was forced out of isolation by author James Baldwin who encouraged her to write an autobiography which she titled, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

About the Authors

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Maya Angelou, who died on May 28, 2014, at the age of 86, authored numerous books including, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and "The Heart of a Woman." She recited her poem, "On the Pulse of the Morning," at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1993.  For more, visit: