Photo Courtesy of NNPA
Photo Courtesy of NNPA

SACRAMENTO – The life and legacy of poet/activist Dr. Maya Angelou will be celebrated this week with a number of local events.

On Wednesday, June 4, its the Sacramento Community Memorial at Evolve the Gallery at 6:00 p.m. Participants of all ages are encouraged to attend and are asked to bring flowers, poems and words to share. Evolve the Gallery is located at 3428 3rd Avenue. For more information, call (916) 572-5123 or (916) 706-2838.

A Community Event Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou is set for Thursday, June 5 at Center of Praise Ministries’ midtown Cathedral. An evening of reflection, music and readings begins at 7:00 p.m. Center of Praise is located at 1228 23rd Street. For more information, call (916) 441-3305 or visit

Dr. Angelou’s friend and fellow poet, Dr. Eugene B. Redmond will offer up a special tribute to her during his visit to Sacramento on Thursday, June 5. Dr. Redmond, of East St. Louis, is in town participating in “The Art of Hip Hop: Celebrating the 5 Elements” event at the Brickhouse Art Gallery and the Sacramento Black Book Fair. His tribute to Dr. Angelou is being incorporated into his lecture, “Bridging The Literary Gap: Rap/Write Now” which will happen during the opening reception for the “The Art of Hip Hop” exhibit and festival. The Brickhouse is located at 2838 36th Street.

Cost is $10 at the door and $7 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Marichal J. Brown, at (916) 226-7099 or Barbara Range, curator of the Brickhouse at (916) 475-1240.

On Sunday, June 8, a number of local businesses and community groups join together to present “Rise: A Tribute to Mandela, Angelou and Carthen” at the Mixed Institute of Cosmetology, located at 5950 Florin Road, #102. The event will celebrate the lives and contributions on Dr. Angelou, the late former South African President Nelson Mandela and the late Bishop Sherwood Carthen, who led Sacramento’s Bayside of South Sacramento Church until his death in 2013. Hosts include WE MOTIVATE, CWIRE, C.L.A.S.S.Y., The Love Circle, The Thompson Sisters, Sistahs Rock, S.T.A.R., and SAC Cultural Hub. For more, call (916) 421-5950.