Tavis Smiley and Maya Angelou met in 1986, when he was twenty-one and she was fifty-eight.
For the next twenty-eight years, Angelou was a teacher and a maternal figure to Smiley, and they talked often of art, politics, history, music, religion, and race.
In My Journey with Maya, Smiley beautifully recounts a friendship filled with conversation that began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, accompanied the revered writer on a sojourn to Ghana.
Smiley stumbled into a relationship with her that shaped his future and affected the man he became.
Like a mother to him, she was generous, challenging, and inspirational--as she was to so many.
Here he shares his portrait of Angelou--a highly complex individual who left an indelible imprint on American culture.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Publication Date: 07/04/2015
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9780316341752
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