Celebrated poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou to speak April 3

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Luncheon in Greenwich supports the Fund for Women and Girls

NORWALK, CT -- Dr. Maya Angelou, a celebrated poet, educator, historian and civil rights activist, will be the keynote speaker at the Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls annual luncheon on April 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich.

Dr. Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman and a trailblazer in film and television, Dr. Angelou wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the 1972 film Georgia, Georgia. Her script, the first by an African American woman ever to be filmed, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards. President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Her reading of her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" was broadcast live around the world.

Dr. Angelou has received over 30 honorary degrees and is the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Tickets begin at $250, tables begin at $2,500 and can be purchased online at www.fccfoundation.org, by email at fwgevents@fccfoundation.org or by phone at 203.750.3223.

Celebrating its 16th anniversary, the Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls has awarded over $3 million in grants to help more than 3,000 women and girls throughout Fairfield County. Its recent research report, "The Full Circle of Women and Girls in Fairfield County," provides an unvarnished look at the diverse challenges faced by women and girls in our communities.

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Contact:

Jeff Yates
Communications Manager
Fairfield County Community Foundation
jyates@fccfoundation.org
203-750-3212

Website: www.fccfoundation.org

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