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Maya Angleou: And Still I Rise
February 28, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This intimate and personal portrait of Dr. Maya Angelou’s life is a touching and moving tribute to her legacy. Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou’s was a prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. This unprecedented film weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.
Discussion led by: Dr. Jacqueline Thompson
Dr. Jackie Thompson works in Davis School District as the Director of the Educational Equity Department. Her duties and responsibilities include the Davis School District Parent Equity Committee, Multicultural Education, Civil Rights Issues, AVID Advancement via Individual Determination, and the V(i)llage Program. Dr. Thompson received numerous awards and national recognition. She was also the recipient of the 1994 Spirit of the American Woman Award for Public Education. She is a charter member of the Beehive Chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG). She has been a recipient of the Beehive Chapter’s Meritorious Service Award and in 1992; she received the National Meritorious Service Award. She is past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). She was one of nine women who received the 1998 Utah Women’s Achievement Award presented by the Governor’s Commission for Women and Families. She served as Mrs. Utah 1999 and was the recipient of the Salt Lake Branch NAACP Martin Luther King Award for the year 2000. Dr. Thompson was the recipient of the 2011 Drum Major Award for the Utah State Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission. She was honored as the 2012 Educator of the Year by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. She also served as Education Chair on the State Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission.