Excitement is building for the new 25th Anniversary edition of the Abrams book, “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me,” with poem by Dr. Maya Angelou, paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and edited by Sara Jane Boyers. The best selling book has been in print for 25 years!

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We celebrate the re-release of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, with a foreword by “daughter-friend” Oprah Winfrey. We celebrate a book that changed the nation and eventually the world by giving a young black girl a voice, once lost then freed to sing the song of all people.



Developing a love of truth, standing for civil rights, enjoying life itself and recording the experience, our matriarch became an inspiration. Maya Angelou’s words, spoken, on the printed page or reflected here, continue to promote self-examination, equality and friendship. Believing that “we are more alike than unalike”, Maya Angelou would be the first to say that as a child of God it was her duty to recognize that everyone else was also a child of God, “Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory.”

Join us as we celebrate a life well lived! Take time to read, listen, view and be inspired. Trail your wisps of glory and once you’ve clicked every page, make sure you return as we continue to expand the experience. Together, let’s celebrate life and joy!

The Angelou Johnson Family

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is the first documentary about Dr. Maya Angelou. The Maya Angelou Documentary will reflect on how the events of history, culture, and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism. We hope to shed light on the untold aspects of her life and to educate audiences about her story.


“It was the opening for me to wanting to be a writer.” Common reflecting on Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. Maya Angelou was a great inspiration and the legacy left still encourages and influences many of us today. Watch and learn about how Common came to know Dr. Angelou and how they would perform and create together. Their relationship amongst many others is explored in the Maya Angelou Film premiering February 21st on PBS American Masters 8/7c in the USA and parts of Canada. The Angelou Johnson Family #InspiringWomanPBS #mayaangeloufilm #andstillirise