DGA Statement on the Passing of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

May 28, 2014

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay made the following statement upon learning of the passing of Maya Angelou:

“Today we mourn the loss of a tremendous storyteller, but we rejoice in the knowledge that her stories and images will comfort and inspire us forever,” said Barclay.  “Dr. Angelou first joined the DGA in 1975, becoming one of the first African American female members of the DGA. Never one to shy away from new experiences, she went on to make her feature directing debut at the age of 70.  The DGA had the great pleasure of honoring Dr. Angelou in 2004 at our African American Steering Committee’s Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou: Master Storyteller.  On a personal note, one of my earliest professional directing jobs was helming an adaptation of one of her short stories; her provocative words and passionate voice continue to echo in my head. We are proud to count her among our ranks.”

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