Black History Month: Maya Angelou film debut at Maya Cinemas Feb. 21

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Black History Month: Maya Angelou film debut at Maya Cinemas Feb. 21

A new film, “American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” that debuts nationwide on PBS and locally on ValleyPBS next week will be screened publicly in Fresno at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Maya Cinemas (3090 E Campus Pointe Dr.). The event, which is free and open to the public with a 200-seat capacity, is presented by the Fresno State Cross Cultural and Gender Center as part of the University’s observance of Black History Month. This documentary about Dr. Angelou (–who died May 28, 2014) heralds the life of the singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer and includes exclusive interviews with her, Oprah Winfrey, rapper Common, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others. The film, which is part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series on PBS, was featured at notable film festivals worldwide and has won 17 awards on three continents as well a nomination for an NAACP Image Award. Introductions will be provided by Dr. Francine Oputa, director of the Cross Cultural and Gender Center, and Fresno State’s first lady Mary Castro.

INFO: Oputa at 559.278.4435. See original Black History Month press release.