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Wichita to celebrate life of Maya Angelou

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 6:57 a.m.

Wichita will have an opportunity to celebrate the life of Maya Angelou.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library will host a celebration that includes poetry readings, dance, songs and memories from some of her local friends and colleagues who taught with her at Wichita State University.

Angelou was a frequent presence in Wichita, where she established a lifelong friendship with George and Emalyn Rogers. The library at 3051 E. 21st St. was named for her in 1996.

Rogers, a former City Council member, and Angelou met in 1968, before her best-selling book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” was published.

Angelou died on May 28 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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