Project Description

Black History Live

Maya Angelou

Actor and scholar Becky Stone portrayed 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 gave 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.

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.

To plan next year’s program at your college, school or library, please contact Program Coordinator Gina Huett at or 303.894.7951 x13.

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How Much: Free to students and public.

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Black History in Action

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.

2018’s Malcom X

Read about 2018’s Malcolm X portrayal here.

Interested in more information? Contact Betty Jo Brenner at 303.894.7951 x17 or

Special thanks to our sponsors

Upcoming Events

Join Colorado Humanities in our upcoming events

Veterans Writing Workshop – Colorado Springs

November 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 5, 2020

Veterans Writing Workshop – Pueblo

November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until February 9, 2020

Museum on Main Street

September 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until October 17, 2020


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