New York Public Library Getting Maya Angelou’s Papers, Including Letters from Malcolm X


NEW YORK (AP).- More than 300 boxes of Maya Angelou’s personal papers, including letters from Malcolm X and James Baldwin and several scribbled revisions of the poem she wrote to celebrate President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, will be made public at a New York library, the author said. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture plans to announce the papers’ acquisition this week. Angelou, 82, said she sought out the Harlem institution — a research unit of the New York Public Library — as a home for works that include notes for her acclaimed autobiography “I know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and the 1993 inaugural poem “On the Pulse of Morning.” Angelou said Tuesday that she revised the poem about 10 times before getting it right. “I had to continue to go back for the melody of the