Legacies in Black Literature: Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison

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It's an Honor

More than three decades after she released her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou is finally being honored by the book world. At the 64th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on Nov. 20, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison will present Angelou with the Litertarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Angelou, 85, and Morrison, 82, continue to make history and set the bar high for African-Americans in the arts. BET.com takes a look some of their most acclaimed works and accomplishments. — Dominique Zonyéé

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