Oprah Winfrey with Dr. Maya Angelou; Photo Credit: Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns
Oprah Winfrey has sat down with her beloved mentor and internationally acclaimed author Maya Angelou on numerous occasions. Now, OWN will air a special tribute in memory of Angelou with encore presentations of those conversations, including “Super Soul Sunday,” “Oprah’s Master Class,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and the network premiere of “Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball” starting this Sunday, June 1 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life,” says Winfrey in a statement released by OWN. “The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her.”
Winfrey adds, “She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”
OWN’s special tribute airings:
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Conversations with Dr. Maya Angelou (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET/PT). Winfrey has an intimate conversation with Angelou about love, courage, and inspiration.
Super Soul Sunday: Oprah & Dr. Maya Angelou Part 1 (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET/PT). Angelou discusses her book, Mom & Me & Mom, and delves into one of the deepest personal stories of her life: her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter.
Super Soul Sunday: Oprah & Dr. Maya Angelou Part 2 (7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET/PT). In part two, the conversation continues with Angelou revealing how her tough, but tender-hearted, mother transformed her life. Plus, she shares her insights on aging brilliantly and the liberating power of love.
Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball (8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT) *Cable Premiere. The Legends Ball” was an historic celebration honoring 25 African-American women in art, entertainment and civil rights, including Angelou, Aretha Franklin, Coretta Scott King, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Toni Morrison, Rosa Parks.
Oprah’s Master Class: Dr. Maya Angelou (9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT). The poet, author and legend speaks about her creative process, the power of words, and how she overcame a traumatic childhood. She also offers plentiful life lessons and advice.
Immediately following this episode is “Oprah’s Master Class” with Whoopi Goldberg, currently co-host and moderator on ABC’s “The View,” who talks candidly about her childhood and her career.