The Murray Reads Maya initiative continues with a visit by author Maya Angelou at the CFSB Center on Murray State University’s campus on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. Angelou is a poet, educator, historian, bestselling author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer and director.

Angelou previously visited Murray in 2004, speaking to a large audience from around the region in the CFBS Center (formerly the RSEC).

Angelou has authored 11 bestsellers including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and her newest, “Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now.”

The 82-year-old Renaissance woman became the second poet in U.S. history to write and recite original work at a Presidential Inauguration at President Bill Clinton’s request. She received a Grammy award for Best Spoken Word for that work, “On the Pulse of Morning.”

President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier this year. She is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Arts and the Lincoln Medal.

Participants in this year’s Murray Reads Maya program were encouraged to read books, including something written by Maya Angelou, and to use the Murray Reads Maya website ( as a resource to find out about special events and to announce books they had read.

Murray Reads encourages literary reading, enriches the cultural opportunities in the area and strengthens the reading community in western Kentucky. Angelou has published memoirs, children’s books, a cookbook, inspirational pieces, poetry and more.

Angelou’s Aug. 24 event in Murray, “An Evening with Maya Angelou,” will be held in the CFBS Center on Murray State University’s campus. Everyone is invited to attend. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for MSU faculty and staff; free to MSU students; and $5 for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets and information are available via Ticketmaster online at or by calling 1 (800) 745-3000, or by calling the CFSB box office at (270) 809-3000.

The event is sponsored by the MSU Student Government Association in association with Murray Reads and the Campus Activities Board.


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