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.


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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