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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.”