1987 Spotlight – A Touch of the Poet

Maya Angelou obliges an autograph-seeker during a 1987 campus visit.

Maya Angelou obliges an autograph-seeker during a 1987 campus visit.

Wednesday morning’s death of poet/novelist Maya Angelou brought to mind her March 1987 appearance at the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, where a capacity crowd gathered as part of Williamsport Area Community College’s Women’s Series. “Everyone could sense her strong presence immediately and her energy pervaded the evening,” a student reviewer would later write in the Spotlight campus newspaper. “Anyone would have found it difficult not to enjoy the delightful, emotional reading or to laugh at her humorous insights.”

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  1. Elaine Lambert says:

    Meeting this incredible woman was a highlight of my life. Thank you, Veronica Muzic and JoAnn Fremiotti, for creating the Women’s Series and bringing this icon of poetry, wisdom, and grace to our campus.

    Posted May 29, 2014 at 8:07 am
  2. Debbie Miller says:

    An amazing woman and an inspiration to many.

    Posted May 29, 2014 at 9:10 am
  3. Jeannette Carter says:

    It was an awesome event. I remember it well and remember how her presence dominated the auditorium that night. A great lady who will be missed.

    Posted May 29, 2014 at 2:21 pm

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