Legacies in Black Literature: Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison

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  • Phenomenal Woman
  •  Beloved
  • Presidential Medal of Arts
  • Medals of Freedom
  • Legacy
  • It's an Honor
  • The Highest Honor
  • Still I Rise
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie
  • The Bluest Eye
  • “On the Pulse of The Morning”
  • Sula
  • Song of Solomon

Presidential Medal of Arts

In 2000, Angelou was honored with the Presidential Medal of the Arts. That same year, she narrated the award-winning documentary film The Black Candle and published a book of guidance for young women, Letter to My Daughter.

(Photo: AP Images)

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