The Maya Angelou Tribute Literacy Program will promote literacy within the Muncie Community. Volunteers will have an opportunity to work with a variety of community partners: Muncie Boys & Girls Club, Buley Center, Motivate Our Minds, The Friends of Conley, and Ross Community Center.  

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Join us for the kick off on MLK Day, Monday, January 19 here at the Boys & Girls Club.

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As part of this tribute, the February 17 event will showcase the beauty of Angelou’s poetry around the theme, I Read … I Rise. The event will take place at the Ball State University Student Center Ballroom, and will feature poetry reading, spoken word, musical performance, and keynote speaker Stedman Graham.

Each week students will Volunteers will engage with children in reading, discussions, and activities focused on the literary works of Dr. Maya Angelou.

The purpose of the tribute is to:

  • To promote and encourage reading among the children and youth served by our community agencies.
  • To introduce the literature of Maya Angelou to the children served at the community agencies starting with My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me [donated by BSU’s Student Government Association (SGA)].
  • To encourage Muncie Community Members and BSU students, faculty, and staff to volunteer at each community agency.
  • To encourage children at the centers to artistically express the legacy of Maya Angelou.

Program Dates and Times:

  • Beginning January 26, 2015 through April 24, 2015
  • Wednesdays (Except during Spring Break)
  • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Community youth are encouraged to compose poetry around the theme, I Read…I Rise. Poetry will be on display the evening of the event, and select poems will be read aloud. Please submit poems to the Office of Institutional Diversity by Monday February 9 so that they may be prepared for display at the February 17 event.

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