Stock up on tissues now, folks. The Maya Angelou documentary trailer is finally here! This short preview of the new film will give you all the feels, even though it's less than three minutes long.
Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014) was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the course of her 86-year-long tenure on this earth, Angelou became the first black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco, the first black female director in Hollywood, and the first lifetime Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Remembered today primarily for her poetry and memoirs, Maya Angelou also worked as a fry cook, dancer, singer, actress, screenwriter, and sex worker.
We're still several weeks away from the theatrical release of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, but, if the trailer is any indication, it's sure to be a powerful experience. The Maya Angelou documentary was largely created by the poet's friends and associates, and features interviews from those who knew her, including Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Cecily Tyson, Common, and Angelou's son, Guy Johnson. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise also includes archival footage of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author.
Check out the Maya Angelou documentary trailer above and share your thoughts with me on Twitter! You can see Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise in theaters on Oct. 14.