Maya Angelou: Last Interviews (Video)

May 28, 2014

The death of the legendary Maya Angelou at age 86 has brought forth collective sorrow as well as a remembrance of the towering legacy she has left behind as a true Renaissance woman of our era. A notable part of that legacy are the numerous interviews she gave, even in the final weeks and months of her life. A roundup is below.

Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on May 28th. To call her a multi-hyphenate is an understatement; author, poet, college professor, Civil Rights activist, actress, singer, dancer, and the list goes on. As such, she was a singular figure and was active until the very final weeks of her life when she made headlines over the cancellation of some scheduled appearances.

But she did give a number of interviews earlier this year. As she had been for decades, she was much sought out for interviews on a variety of topics.

According to ‘Your Houston News,’ Maya Angelou’s final interview was conducted by Houston orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sonya Sloan for Mother’s Day, for ME & WE, a women’s motivational organization.

Dr. Sloan said, “I was so fortunate to record a conversation with Angelou May 6. My interview with this amazing woman inspired so many women, while also impacting my life.” She went on to say that Angelou had said during the interview, in offering relationship advice for women: “You may not love your position, but be in love for the search of truth with finding reasons.” The full video is due to be posted on YouTube and will be added below as soon as available.

Another notable interview was in January for The Chronicle’s Martin Luther King Jr prayer breakfast held in Winston-Salem. The video has now been posted to YouTube and can be seen below. She spoke about community and its importance among other topics for the occasion.

She also gave a lengthy radio interview on The Bro. Henry and You Show in late February, discussing her influential memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

Maya Angelou also gave a New Year’s Eve interview for the Canadian TV program ‘George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight’ on a wide range of topics including her own mortality of which she said, “It would be wonderful to live as long as I’m going to live, and be present. I want to, what I really want to do is be a representative of my race, of the human race. I have a chance to show how kind we can be, how intelligent and generous we can be. I have a chance to teach and to love and to laugh. I know that when I’m finished doing what I’m sent here to do, I will be called home and I will go home without any fear — trepidation some, wondering what’s going to happen.”

Along with her numerous published works, Maya Angelou has left quite an enormous legacy behind on YouTube where fortunately we can watch many of the interviews she gave throughout her life, including those with Oprah Winfrey in recent years to those dating back many decades.

The videos of Maya Angelou’s last interviews are below.

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast interview

The Bro. Henry and You Show

‘George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight’

Pictures: PR Photos

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