Online ticket reservations for the upcoming Maya Angelou lecture begin March 5 at the Fayetteville Public Library at 9 a.m. Ticket reservations were delayed because of inclement weather.
Angelou, a poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. April 11 as part of the library’s Author Series.
The event is free and open to the public and tickets may be reserved through the Fayetteville Public Library’s website.
The ownership of a Fayetteville Public Library card is not required to reserve a ticket for the event. Two tickets a person may be reserved and must be picked up at the Fayetteville Public Library between March 8 and March 22. Any tickets not picked up during this time will be made available to the public. Tickets are issued on a first come, first serve basis.
More than 1,300 seats will be made available for the lecture at the library with some of the seating in rooms with simulcast video.
Additional seating is available at Hillside Auditorium on the UA campus. Tickets are required for all seating areas.
Angelou was born April 24, 1928, in St. Louis, Mo., and grew up in Stamps, Ark., where she witnessed the brutality of racial discrimination first hand, according to the Maya Angelou website. She 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. She is the author of more than 30 best-selling works of poetry, nonfiction and fiction. She has received more than 50 honorary degrees from various higher learning institutions and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
Angelou also worked for Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.