WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The Wichita Public Library will celebrate the life and legacy of Maya Angelou at a branch named for the late author and poet.
Angelou died May 28. She was a champion of public libraries and attended the opening of Wichita's Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library in late 1996. She also taught briefly at Wichita State University.
The celebration at 7 p.m. Friday will include poetry, dance, song and memories from her Wichita friends and colleagues.
Angelou told her own story in her autobiography, ``I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.'' She was an actress, singer and dancer in the 1950s and 1960s. During her years as a civil rights activist she befriended Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
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