Dr. Maya Angelou Speaks at HeartLight Fundraiser in Memphis this Saturday



Agape Child & Family Services welcomes Dr. Maya Angelou to Memphis as the keynote speaker for their annual HeartLight fundraiser this Saturday, August 25th.

 

Angelou, an iconic poet, filmmaker, author, playwright, and civil rights activist, will speak on bridging the gap between community responsibility and the passion Agape shares for helping families in need.

 

Angelou has persevered through adversity and pioneered new ways of thinking throughout her many years in the public eye. She has authored over 30 bestselling titles, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and her screenplay for Georgia, Georgia earned her a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1972. Angelou was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000, the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal in 2008, and three Grammys, she has served on two presidential committees, and she read a poem at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Other accomplishments include being awarded over 30 honorary degrees and serving as the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

 

Funds raised at the event will benefit Agape, a Christian-based organization in Memphis that provides children and families with healthy homes through community restoration, homeless services, mentoring, foster care, adoption, maternity services, and counseling.

 

The fundraiser starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at www.AgapeMeansLove.org.

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