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Maya Angelou at UCI May 29, 2014

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The great American poet and writer Maya Angelou was on the UCI campus at least three times during her life. She gave a lecture/reading on February 3, 1982 in Crawford Hall, as part of Black History Month. On November 18, 1999, Maya Angelou spoke at the Bren Event Center.  “An Evening With Maya Angelou” took place on November 1, 2001, again at the Bren Event Center, as part of the 17th Annual Rainbow Festival and Conference. All three of these events were sold out, and were incredibly moving and inspiring to all present.

Below is the copy in Special Collections & Archives of the first printing of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou’s first book, published in 1969.

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I Wish It Would Rain May 14, 2014

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On December 21, 1967, the Temptations released (on Motown Records) one of the greatest rain songs of all time, “I Wish It Would Rain.” Lead vocal by the great David Ruffin, with background vocals by Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, and Otis Williams. A terrific song, and one I can’t get out of my mind the last several days as the temperature rises daily, and is headed for 100 degrees today.  I do wish it would rain, but that’s unlikely to happen soon. However, as an alternative respite from the heat, here are a few pics of one of the earliest rain storms on the UCI campus, from November 1966.

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Vietnam War Moratorium, October 15, 1969 May 14, 2014

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On October 15, 1969, the Vietnam War Moratorium was held across the country, as a national attempt to end the Vietnam War. On the UCI campus, alternative education classes were held in Aldrich Park (then called Campus Park) throughout the day. A rally was held at noon in Gateway Plaza. There was a march to nearby institutions involved in war production and research, and the day ended with a memorial service for those who had died in the war. Below are photographs of the rally and flyers regarding the Moratorium and the schedule of alternative education classes and other activities.

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Moratorium Bulletin #1, announcing the Moratorium.

Moratorium Bulletin #1, announcing the Moratorium.

Alternative education and activities schedule.

Alternative education and activities schedule.

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