Travels with Maya Angelou, Ellis Marsalis, Sandra Izsadore and Michele Wood

In one of her last interviews, the late Dr. Maya Angelou spent time with us to share her early life, lessons learned along her adult journey and golden nuggets of wisdom. Artist Michele Wood is a Coretta Scott King award-winning illustrator who joins us to explore American history through Gospel music.  Michelle brings history to life with colorful images in her book, “I See the Rhythm of Gospel“. Ellis Marsalis, Jr., is the partriarch of a musical family that includes internationally acclaimed musicians Branford and Wynton Marsalis.  As an accomplished pianist, Ellis has been a major influencer in jazz.  His work as an educator has helped foster the careers of countless musicians including Harry Connick, Jr., Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton.  Ellis is also helping to preserve America’s jazz heritage. Known as the Queen of Afro Beat, revolutionary artist Sandra Izsadore discusses her evolution as a child of the civil rights era, her path to discovering her voice, and her experience with Nigeria’s Afro Beat performer, the late Fela Kuti.   Additional resources: “Mom & Me & Mom”