Maya Angelou, who has been called "an extraordinary renaissance woman and one of America's greatest voices of contemporary black literature," will speak publicly at Montana State University on Nov. 1.

Angelou, author of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" about growing up with segregation, poverty and abuse, is a celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist. She will speak in the MSU Ballrooms at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.

Angelou has received a National Book Award nomination for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," a Pulitzer Prize nomination for "Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie," has been named to the National Women's Hall of Fame and received the Lincoln Medal in 2008. Angelou read a poem at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton, received that national Medal of Arts in 2000 and has three Grammys for her spoken-word albums.

Tickets are available starting 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, at all TicketsWest locations at $6 for students, $20 for adult general admission, and $75 for a limited number of reserved seats. Ticket prices may have additional service and handling fees.

All revenues from reserved seating will go to the MSU Leadership Institute Endowment.

"With this important endowment, and with the backing of our community, we hope to create an enduring base of support for events of this caliber," stated Carmen McSpadden, MSU Leadership Institute director.

The endowment has a goal of $750,000. The endowment could expand leadership trainings and extend the visits of influential individuals like Angelou, added McSpadden.

Angelou's appearance is sponsored by the MSU Leadership Institute, ASMSU, Office of the President, and the MSU Parent Family Association.

This semester's MSU Leadership Institute speaker line-up includes Geoff Bellman, author of the bestselling book "Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results," on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in MSU SUB Ballroom A. Bellman will provide tips on teambuilding and positive management skills. Free and open to the public, his talk is co-sponsored by Hopa Mountain.

For details, contact the MSU Leadership Institute at 994-7275 or">