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Maya Angelou to Speak as a Part of Hudson Valley's 50th Anniversary Celebration

CONTACT: Steve Mullen or Sarah Boggess (518) 629- 8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, June 19, 2003

World-renowned author Dr. Maya Angelou will speak at Hudson Valley Community College on Sunday, September 28 at 3 p.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex. The presentation is a part of the 50th anniversary celebration at Hudson Valley and is sponsored by the 50th anniversary academic events committee.

"We're thrilled to have Dr. Maya Angelou help us celebrate the college's 50th anniversary," said John Buono, president of Hudson Valley. "Dr. Angelou is truly one of our nation's treasures."

Born in Saint Louis and raised in Stamps, Arkansas, Angelou is one of the leading authors of our time. She has been known all over the world as a poet, educator, historian, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer, and director.

Angelou's book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," was the basis of a CBS special in 1979. She also received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role in the 1977 production of "Roots," and the Golden Eagle Award for her PBS special "Afro-American in the Arts."

At the request of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 1960s. She also was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the Bicentennial Commission, and by President Jimmy Carter to the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year. In 1993, Angelou composed and recited a poem to celebrate President Clinton's inauguration.

A leader in the film industry as well, Angelou's screenplay, "Georgia, Georgia," was the first original script by a black woman to be produced. As a writer/producer for the 20th Century Fox Television, Angelou's film, "Sister, Sisters," became the company's first full-length production.

Among Angelou's several awards are a Tony Award nomination for her 1973 performance in "Look Away;" a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1972 for "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie;" and a National Book Award nomination in 1970 for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

Please call (518) 629-4TIX or log on to reserve a space at the lecture. Due to the expected demand for tickets, community members are allowed to reserve up to four tickets and admission is free.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.