Renowned poet and author Maya Angelou will serve as the featured speaker at the YWCA Centennial Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday at the Clay Center.
The event is part of the YWCA Charleston's activities throughout 2012 to commemorate its achievements and the support from individuals, foundations and businesses over its 100-year history. The agency provides programs and services for women, children and families of Kanawha, Boone and Clay counties.
Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis. It was her experience growing up in rural segregated Kansas that led her to become the author of 12 best-selling books and numerous magazine articles. One of her best-known works, the 1970 autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," earned her a National Book Award nomination.
Two years later, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie," an anthology of 38 poems. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Tickets are $53 and are available at www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570.