Maya Angelou Reads: “Still I Rise”

From Open Culture:

Above, see Maya Angelou deliver an animated reading of her famous poem, “Still I Rise,” which references many of her past lives, including lines that seem to allude to her Miss Calypso days: “Does my sexiness upset you? / Does it come as a surprise / That I dance like I’ve got diamonds / At the meeting of my thighs?” The stanza is indicative of another quality among the many she enumerates, “sassiness.” But she begins the reading on a more sober note, with a statement about human resilience, the ability to get up and face the day, despite the fears we all live with. “Wherever that abides in a human being,” she says, “there is the nobleness of the human spirit.”


Documentary Film: ‘I’m Carolyn Parker’

TAAPL Film Society

Spring 2017 Semester Film Schedule

Film Screening: March 29, 2017

I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful | Watch Trailer

mv5bmza5njc0ndexnf5bml5banbnxkftztgwmdi3nta2mde-_v1_uy268_cr90182268_al_When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005, the hardest-hit neighborhoods were also the city’s poorest. But nowhere was devastation greater than in the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood bordered by the Industrial Canal and the Mississippi River, home to a vibrant African-American community and one extraordinary woman. Several months later, Academy Award®-winning director Jonathan Demme set out to document the devastation and rebuilding of the Crescent City. After Demme met Carolyn Parker and gained permission to film her progress, what began as a historical documentary morphed into a deeply personal character study of the courage and resiliency of this fierce, opinionated matriarch and community activist.

All films are screened at Inman E. Page Library on Wednesdays every month during the semester from 6 PM – 7:30PM. Admission is free to the university body and community. *Check  for updates online.* Download and print out film schedule. Use our Google Interactive Map to the left of the screen to access directions to the library.