The Root Recommends: 'Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration'

Celebrate National Poetry Month and the famed poet's 83rd birthday with this collection of poems and photographs.

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Kick off National Poetry Month and celebrate Maya Angelou's 83rd birthday with Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration. This scrapbook of photos and poems -- assembled by Angelou's niece and archivist Rosa Johnson Butler, former Essence editor Marcia Ann Gillespie and scholar Richard A. Long -- explores Angelou's journey from an abusive childhood to a remarkable career in poetry and activism.

Complete with 150 photos and personal notes from Angelou's early writings, A Glorious Celebration gives Angelou admirers a rare peek into the life and work of an icon.

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