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Tech welcomes world-renowned author, speaker Maya Angelou

Civil rights activist Maya Angelou is scheduled to visit Tech March 20.

Angelou will be speaking at 7 p.m. in Derryberry Auditorium.

Tickets for the event are free while they last through March 16 at the Women’s Center in Pennebaker Hall.

“We’re just trying to fill Derryberry,” Diana Lalani, Women’s Center secretary, said. “If we had a bigger venue, we would use it.”

If there are unclaimed tickets, faculty and staff will be offered those tickets for pick-up March 16. After that, remaining tickets will be available to the public at Henderson Hall room 204C March 19.

According to Tech’s website, the Derryberry Hall auditorium has a seating capacity of 782. At the time of publication, there were more than 580 tickets distributed.

Angelou, who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, is well-known for her writing and poetry. She has several award-winning publications like her first autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and her book of poetry, “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie.” 

Angelou has acted in plays, television shows and movies, as well as directed the film “Down in the Delta.” She also produced several children’s books, spoken-word albums and essays.

The Center Stage event is open to any students, faculty and staff with a ticket and is sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women.