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Special Parking, Shuttle Service Planned for Maya Angelou Lecture

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Posted October 14, 1997
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In anticipation of another large public turnout for its Great Names Series, Hamilton College officials have announced special parking and shuttle bus plans for the lecture by Maya Angelou on Wednesday, Oct. 22. _Angelou, a best-selling author, poet, educator, actress and civil rights activist will speak at 7:30 p.m., in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. A full capacity crowd is expected, and those interested in attending should arrive early as seating is limited. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Shuttle buses will begin running at 6 p.m. from parking lots on campus and from the Skenandoa Golf Club on Norton Avenue and the Clinton Central School parking lot on Elm Street. Security officers will be stationed at key intersections on campus to direct visitors.

Hailed as "one of the great voices of contemporary literature," Angelou is the author of 11 best-selling books, including the autobiographical, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 1970 and stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for two years. Among her poetry, Angelou's Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and she also won a Grammy Award for her poem On the Pulse of the Morning which she wrote and delivered for President's Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993.

A respected actress, playwright, producer and director, Angelou was nominated for her performance in Roots and was the producer of the first original screenplay by a black woman, Georgia Georgia, which she produced in 1971. She is also the producer of the documentary Afro-American in the Arts, a PBS special that received the Golden Eagle Award.

Born Marguerite Johnson, Angelou was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. She began her career in drama and dance, and in the late 1950s she joined the Harlem Writers Guild in New York City. After marrying a South African freedom fighter she lived in Cairo and in Ghana where she worked as the features editor of the African Review and taught at the University of Ghana.

Currently, Angelou lectures throughout the United States and abroad and was recently the Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Angelou's address will be interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired. Those needing special parking and seating arrangements because of physical handicaps are asked to call 859-4656. Photography during the event will not be permitted.

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