WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253 For Immediate Release


AIRING MARCH 20 & 22 ON AM 1370 AND WRUR-FM 88.5

(Rochester, New York) March 18, 2013 – In anticipation of Dr. Maya Angelou’s March 25th visit to Rochester, where she will speak before a sold-out crowd at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), WXXI news reporter LeShea Agnew speaks one-on-one with the American author and poet from her home in North Carolina. Their two-part conversation will air Wednesday, March 20 and Friday, March 22 at 6:30 a.m. and again at 8:30 a.m. during Morning Edition on WXXI-AM 1370 and WRUR-FM 88.5. The segments will repeat at 5:45 p.m. those same days during All Things Considered, with special sections of the interview posted on WXXINews.org.

During their conversation Dr. Angelou shares excitement in coming to Rochester in celebration of Women’s History Month at RIT. She also discusses self-love, escaping abuse and unhealthy relationships, Rochester’s high violent crime rate, and what she believes can help break the cycle. She talks about her new book that critics are calling “the best book she’s ever written,” her future endeavors, and Oprah Winfrey’s plans for Dr. Angelou’s 85th birthday celebration.

Dr. Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received three Grammy Awards. President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou's reading of her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning”was broadcast live around the world. Dr. Angelou has received over 30 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. Dr. Angelou’s words and actions continue to stir our souls, energize our bodies, liberate our minds, and heal our hearts.


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