Clazzical Notes and the Pasadena NAACP
A Jazz, Gospel Music, and Spoken Word Celebration of the life and legacy of poet, author Maya Angelou
Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106
Children 12 & under free
Lanny Hartley, Jazz Pianist
Yvette Freeman-Hartley, Actress, Singer
Robert Henley III, Gospel Singer
Brittany Daniels, Dancer
Beverly Lafontaine, Poet, Host
Santiago Hayden, Cello
Mina Thorenson, Piano accompanist
Akasha Royal, Background singer
An early life of bad breaks and unfortunate choices led the young Marguerite Annie Johnson to a short-lived choice of prostitution, an early pregnancy and failed marriages but the world would come to see this determined young woman, Maya Angelou was not going let anything or anyone define her life by circumstances. She met people who believed in her and discovered although by societies standards she wasn’t pretty, or slim, she had a multitude of talents such as the ability to write, act, sing and speak so eloquently that she was a gifted teacher on the importance of self-determination, human decency and female empowerment. She taught us that we decide it will be and it will not be defined by others. Her ability to make words sing with poignancy and hope, made her a generational icon loved and respected by people around the world.
2019 MARKS 50 YEARS SINCE THE DEBUT OF MAYA'S triumphant autobiography I" Know Why the Cage Bird Sings"
Santiago Hayden (Cello)
Attends St Marks Episcopal School
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