As phenomenal a woman as Maya Angelou was, it’s hard to believe a documentary doesn’t already exist about her fascinating life. That problem may soon be remedied if fans of the famed poet, author, and humanitarian put their money where their mouth is and donate to a new Kickstarter project created by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, two of Dr. Angelou’s closest friends.

Hercules and Whack are seeking to raise $150,000 by December 1 to create the very first documentary about Dr. Angelou who died at 86 on May 28, 2014. According to the Kickstarter:

The Maya Angelou Documentary will reflect on how the events of history, culture, and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism. We hope to shed light on the untold aspects of her life and to educate audiences about her story.

The friends note they captured interviews with Dr. Angelou as recent as four months prior to her death and they also plan to include commentary on the beloved author’s influence from notable stars such as President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson. In the first 29 days, $30,000 has been raised towards this cause. If the $150K goal is reached, the documentary will air on PBS as part of its American Masters series in 2016.

To help make this project happen, donate here.

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  • It’s amazing that a documentary hasn’t been made about Maya Angelou on PBS. Maya Angelou was a legend. She personifies class, beauty, wit, art, and literature. Her life represents the heart and the courage of black womanhood. Also, she had a music career, she worked in Africa, and her literature transcend generations and cultures. She loved people and people loved her. She lived a long life and her wisdom is incredible. One lesson from her is that despite the obstacles of life, we can still rise to achieve our goals and aspirations. Yes, she spoke with Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Max Roach, Billie Holiday, and other great people. I hope that the campaign for the documentary to come into fruition (via funding) is totally successful.

    • elle D.

      Hello friend, I knew I’d see you here–I will definitely support this! The world misses her wisdom.

    • Hello back Friend :)

      Yes, your intuition is correct. I love history and I love culture. Her wisdom was ahead of its time and she is missed by all of us. Her genius was incredible.

  • RIP Sister Maya Angelou.