Imagine presents Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, airing on Tuesday 28 February at 10.45pm on BBC One and the first documentary portrait of the trail-blazing activist, poet and writer.
Born in 1928, she enthused generations with her bold and inspirational championing of the African-American experience, pushed boundaries and redefined the way we think about race and culture.
Maya Angelou was captured on film just before she died in 2014, and this documentary celebrates her life and work, weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos.
It reveals hidden episodes of her exuberant life during some of America’s defining moments: from her upbringing in the Depression-era South, to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana, to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.
Contributors include Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton and Maya Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.
Imagine… Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise airs on Tuesday 28 February 2017 from 10.45pm-12.20am on BBC One.