Wake Forest University Maya Angelou Award

Revered WFU Reynolds Professor Dr. Maya Angleou’s messages of hope, joy, tolerance, courage, inclusion and social justice are foundational characteristics for a fulfilling life. These tenets were an essential part of her fabric. Through her son, Guy Johnson, we have been reminded: “To honor her legacy, you will look upon yourself and ask—what are you doing to improve the human condition?”

The purpose of the Wake Forest University Maya Angelou Award is to honor world-renowned artists for their excellence in the Arts and their commitments to humanity in the spirit of the University Motto, Pro Humanitate, and to continue Dr. Angelou’s legacy by bringing out the teacher in artists of social impact. To further the educational mission of the University, the recipients of the Award will engage with the University academic community as the Maya Angelou Artist in Residence to educate and inspire students to tap the indelible human spirit of creating, exploring, shaping and sharing the breath of arts around us imbued with principles of justice.

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The Wake Forest University Motto Pro Humanitate (For Humanity) is a calling to use our knowledge, talents and compassion to better the lives of others. It’s about us, and the greater meaning of what it means to be human. It can mean donating time and
resources to our communities or simply a lifelong commitment to pursuing our best self. No matter your personal interpretation, it’s an opportunity to leave the world better than we found it and to invoke Dr. Maya Angelou’s embodiment of Pro Humanitate as you consider your nomination.

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Contact information is solely for the purposes of the nominating committee and will remain confidential.

Angelou Award Timeline

September 1
Call for nominations open

October 31
All nominations due

November 2021
Recipient announced

Spring 2022
Award ceremony held