Renowned author and poet Maya Angelou and TV’s “Scandal” inspiration Judy Smith will headline a week of activities and entertainment during the University of Georgia’s annual Week of Soul celebration beginning on Feb. 4. The week’s events are sponsored by the University Union Student Programming Board’s Committee for Black Cultural Programs.

Angelou’s lecture will be held on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $5 for students with valid UGACards who pay activity fees on the Athens campus. Day-of-event tickets are $20.

Angelou is a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist. She is the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She has served on two presidential committees and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011), the National Medal of Arts (2000) and the Lincoln Medal (2008). Angelou has received three Grammy Awards and more than 30 honorary degrees.

Week of Soul concludes on Feb. 8 with a lecture by author and crisis manager Judy Smith at 8:30 p.m. in the Tate Theatre. Smith is the founder, president and CEO of the crisis management firm Smith & Company. Her career is the inspiration for the ABC television series “Scandal.”

Smith’s lecture is co-sponsored by UGA’s Office of Multicultural Services and Programs and the Black Affairs Council. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for UGA students.

Event tickets are available at the Tate Student Center Cashier Window, open weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A valid UGACard is required for acquisition of free student tickets.

For updates and more information about Week of Soul events, call 706/542-6396 or see The University Union Student Programming Board is a registered student organization within UGA’s Division of Student Affairs.

Photo: Courtesy of Dwight Carter

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