The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University in collaboration with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) are organizing an event on February 19, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. that will honor, preserve and celebrate the legacy of Maya Angelou, beloved professor at Wake Forest and a national treasure.
The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 321E course on Researching Feminism, Social Justice, and Public Engagement thought by Dr. Angéla Kóczé, Visiting Assistant Professor has already done preparatory work for the Maya Angelou Event. Students focused on exploring the life of Dr. Maya Angelou in Winston-Salem through reminiscence and oral history work. Her presence, teaching and activism at Wake Forest University and beyond was the focus of their preparatory work. Students collected materials through people’s memories, stories, photographs and images about Dr. Angelou.
The students’ collective portfolio will be donated to the Z. Smith Reynold’s Library Special Collections. The event will be held at SECCA. It will be opened by Dr. Serenus Churn, Sr. Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem who was Maya Angelou’s pastor and she was his mentor.
The collective celebration will be framed in the way in which Dr. Angelou used to teach, based on a memory of her student Matt Williams who remembered: “…. reading the poems and reciting them with others. [….] It was a really special moment.” WFU faculty and students as well as members of Winston-Salem community can select and read poems individually or in groups.
A selection of Dr. Angelou’s poems will be performed in song by Lynn Book, WFU Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, and Associate Director, Program for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship ber.
This event be in the spirit of the statement made by Dr. Tom Mullen, former Dean of the College, who viewed the legacy of Maya Angelou as “a kind of sermon on the unity of human community”.
Following the event, there will be a reception with light food and beverage.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) , New Loft Area a SECCA 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106