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Storied Poet, Author, Educator & Activist Hosts Black History Month Program February 2012 on Public Radio

CHICAGO, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This February Maya Angelou's Black History Month Special, discussing the civil rights era, will be available to all PRI, Public Radio International and African American Public Radio Consortium stations free of charge.

"The civil rights movement caught fire and lifted our country out of the doldrums and lifted us to even believe that we could have freedom, to even believe that we could have fair play, to even believe that we could eradicate this vulgarity called racism." Dr. Maya Angelou, 2011 recipient of the President's Medal of Freedom and civil rights activist appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  

"AT&T is honored and glad to be supporting Dr. Maya Angelou's Black History Month Special for the second year. Dr. Angelou is an inspiration to all of us and we encourage consumers to tune in to hear her interview some of America's most influential individuals," said Jennifer Jones, vice president of Diverse Markets, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

Congressman John Lewis recalls his historic 'Bloody Sunday' walk across Pettus Bridge. Professor Nikky Finney, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for poetry, shares the personal inspiration behind her acclaimed writing. Ambassador Andrew Young offers a behind-the-scenes look at the civil rights movement. President of Bennett College and economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux cites the Montgomery bus boycott as the modern day evolution of black economic development.  Singer, songwriter and actress Mary J. Blige offers a glimpse of her upcoming role as Nina Simone, the civil rights activist and renowned jazz singer.

Additional interview excerpts will be continually released on the website mayaangelouonpublicradio.com throughout the month of February as well as a call for listener civil rights stories. For quotes from each guest, and a list of public radio stations currently scheduled visit mayaangelouonpublicradio.com. Articles, featuring additional interview excerpts and content on Black History Month, will reside on att.com/28days. Maya Angelou will post on http://www.facebook.com/MayaAngelou with 3.2 million fans and tweets on Twitter updating a list of stations airing the program and alerting listeners when new content is available.

From RCW Media Productions Inc. rcwmediaproductionsinc.com

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