Bol | Maya Rao reads Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is perhaps the most prolific of the African American women writers of the post-war anti-colonial Left. Her work carries in itself, at times a subtle reminder for resistance, and at others, an outright and active protest.

This week for Bol, Maya Rao reads Maya Angelou's A Brave and Startling Truth (1995), with her resonant and impelling voice. Alongside this rendition are photographs by Rahul M.

We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear

Maya Angelou was an American poet, storyteller and civil rights activist known for her iconic poems Still I Rise, Phenomenal Woman, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
Maya Rao is a theatre practitioner and activist. She is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, which she returned five years ago amidst protests against rising intolerance in the country.
Rahul M is a photographer and an independent journalist based in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.