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Two major poets of the African-American experience — Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni — will be honored this week as part the program And Still I Rise: A Celebration of African-American Artists, presented by the OperaTunity Foundation.

A variety of events combining art, poetry and music are scheduled. The title and all performances are dedicated to the memory of Maya Angelou, the towering poet and writer who died last year. Angelou was best-known for the chronicle of her youth, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

The week’s key event will be a Friday concert featuring Nikki Giovanni, who has been a leading African-American poet, writer and activist since her career began in 1967. Giovanni has written numerous volumes of poetry and children’s books and made several recordings. / Free Times

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