Maya Angelou accepts Mailer Center lifetime award

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 3:34 AM

AP National Writer (AP) — Her body weak, her voice rich and strong, Maya Angelou has accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Norman Mailer Center.

The 85-year-old author, poet, dancer and actress was honored Thursday night during a benefit gala at the New York Public Library. She was seated in a wheelchair. But she was a vivid presence in dark glasses and a sparkling black dress as she marveled that a girl from a segregated Arkansas village could grow up to become a literary star.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot (zhoo-NOH') Diaz and the late author-journalist Michael Hastings also received prizes named for Mailer, who died in 2007.

Hastings' widow, Elise, teared up as she accepted a journalism award on behalf of her husband, who died in a car accident last summer.

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