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HOWARD UNIVERSITY WILL HONOR DR. MAYA ANGELOU
AT THE 11TH ANNUAL HEART’S DAY CONFERENCE
 “Maya Angelou and Life Writing”

WASHINGTON (Feb. 10)The Howard University Department of English will celebrate its 11th Annual Heart’s Day Tribute, a day-long conference that the Department celebrates its intellectual tradition. The celebration will take place Friday, February 11, 2005 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Blackburn Center; followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Gallery of Art; and conclude with a gala tribute at 8 p.m. in Ira Aldridge Theater all located on Howard’s main campus.

The conference titled “Maya Angelou and Life Writing,” will recognize and celebrate the works of the world renowned author and poet, Maya Angelou. Several of the literary world’s most celebrated writers will assemble to discuss Angelou’s works, including the Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti and Toni Medina.

Angelou began her writing career in 1970 with the autobiographical “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Her latest work, "A Song Flung Up To Heaven," released in 2002 is the sixth installment in her autobiographical series. Angelou’s awards and honors reflect the range of her contributions in various fields.

The Kan Kouran Dancers and Drummers, Howard University Jazz Ensemble and P.A.U.L. Singers will perform at the conference.  Proceeds from the event will support the Department’s initiative to establish the Sterling Allen Brown Endowed Chair. 

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, doctoral/research-extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, the university offers students more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, nine Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.

For more information about Howard University, call 202-238-2330 or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu                                                    

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