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Becky Stone as Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Portrayal in February 2019

Actor and scholar Becky Stone will portray Maya Angelou in presentations in Canon City, Pueblo, Littleton, Colorado Springs, Denver, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Aurora, and Longmont for our Black History Live tour February 18 - 28, 2019. This living history portrayal will give insight into how Dr. Angelou wrote, and why, and reflect on her philosophy of life, which included a strong belief in the power of words.

Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Angelou published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and many plays, movies, and television shows in a celebrated career spanning over 50 years. Her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim and a National Book Award upon its publication in 1969.  Hailed as a new kind of memoirist, Angelou was one of the first African-American women to publicly discuss her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her work has been considered a defense of black culture and is taught in schools and universities worldwide. 


Actor and scholar Becky Stone holds a B.A. in Drama from Vassar College and a M.A. from Villanova University in Elementary Educational Counseling. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Ms. Stone became a storyteller upon moving South 37 years ago. Her acting credits include Lime Kiln Arts Theater, VA, Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, SC, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater, Asheville Community Theatre, Highland Repertory Theatre, Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater in Asheville and Merida, Mexico, and Asheville on Broadway. Ms. Stone has also presented at North Carolina and Colorado Humanities Chautauqua festivals and Black History Live tours as Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks -- see the video below for an interview with her after a 2017 performance in Colorado.


We're all about the conversation here at Colorado Humanities. Performances are followed with question and answer with Maya Angelou and then with Becky Stone. Almost all are free, thanks to our partners and sponsors, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, 2/18/19

United Presbyterian Church in Canon City

701 Macon Avenue

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 2/19/19

Pueblo Community College, Pueblo

900 W Orman Avenue, Fortino Ballroom

11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 2/20/19

Robert Hoag Rawlings Library, Pueblo

100 E Abriendo Aveune, Ryals Room 4thFloor

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, 2/21/19

Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver

Conference Room

2401 Welton Street

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, 2/21/19

Bemis Public Library, Littleton

6014 S Datura Street, Large Program Room

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, 2/22/19

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs

215 S Tejon Street, Division 1 Court Room

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

$5 admission

Saturday, 2/23/19

Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library, Denver

1498 N Irving Street, Lena Archuleta Community Room

2:30 to 4:00 p.m

Monday, 2/25/19

Windsor Gardens ($5 admission), Auditorium

595 S. Clinton Street, Denver

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 2/26/19

Metropolitan State University (Tivoli), Denver

890 Auraria Parkway, Tivoli Room 329

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, 2/26/19

Colorado Mountain College (Spring Valley Campus), Glenwood Springs

3000 County Road 114, New Space Theater, Calaway Academic Center

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 2/27/19

Colorado Mountain College (Rifle Campus), Rifle

3695 Airport Road, Clough Auditorium

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, 2/28/19

Community College of Aurora, Aurora

16000 East Centretech Parkway

Centre Tech Campus Student Centre, Rotunda  S100

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, 2/28/19

Longmont Public Library, Longmont

409 4thAvenue

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.


For our 2017 Black History Live tour, Becky Stone portrayed Harriet Tubman, showing audiences how one woman became an abolitionist who led hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad, a Union spy during the American Civil War, and one of America's most beloved humanitarians.

Read about 2018's Malcolm X portrayal at http://lakewoodsentinel.com/.../bringing-malcolm-x-to-life-fo...

More info?

Contact Betty Jo Brenner at 303.894.7951 x17 or brenner@coloradohumanities.org