Help Build the Dr. Maya Angelou Home

June 29, 2023 by Janis Kearney, Founder

Thank you to each and every supporter who has helped us get over half way to our goal. Your kindness and generosity is forever appreciated.

We’d love to formally invite you to a pop-up summer bash for youth in the neighborhood in the backyard of the Maya House – 1722 Wolfe Street, on July 15, from 10-11:30. There will be an art teacher and children’s book author!

Please join us if you’re able, and continue sharing this fundraiser as well. We can’t do this without you – every donation, share, like, and comment goes a long way. Thank you!

We need you!

In honor of Dr. Maya Angelou’s day of passing on May 28, 2014, Celebrate! Maya Project is seeking support to build the Dr. Maya Angelou Home in Little Rock, Arkansas. This Home will celebrate Dr. Angelou, become our headquarters, allow us to host youth education initiatives, and much more. But first, we need to renovate! The organization has secured the home and the land, and now comes the hard part.

This May, in honor of the incredible Maya, we encourage you to make a donation to this initiative to allow her legacy to live on. Any donation, even $10 or $20, will help re-paint some walls, plot the garden, and make the community center a beacon. If you aren’t in a place to donate, please share our GoFundMe link on Instagram, Facebook, through text, everywhere you can!

The Background
In May 2014, in response to Dr. Maya Angelou’s death, Arkansas delta native Janis F. Kearney, an author, former newspaper publisher, and presidential diarist convened a small group of Arkansas women to create a “Day of Remembrance,” in Stamps, Arkansas—the place young Marguerite “Maya” Johnson, called home.
In 2015, the Celebrate! Maya Project was established with the mission of helping honor and promote the inclusive literacy, creativity and social consciousness of the life and work of artist and activist Dr. Maya Angelou. Celebrate! Maya Project is bringing literacy, arts and history initiatives into schools and working with communities.
In April 2022, during the annual celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou’s birthday, Celebrate! Maya Project announced a Capital Campaign to renovate a 93-year-old, uninhabitable home in the Little Rock Central High School Historic District, to transform it into the Dr. Maya Angelou Home and also,
  • A Celebrate! Maya Headquarters
  • A youth education development center to include more intentional youth initiatives in response to the “Lost Years,” of the COVID Pandemic
  • A cross-generational community center honoring Dr. Angelou’s life and works
  • A tourist attraction for visitors seeking to learn about Dr. Maya Angelou’s life and legacy
  • And, a “Maya Angelou learning and living” garden for youth and the community

One of the organization’s primary missions is “taking Maya Angelou to Arkansas schools and communities,” to share about her role in changing the face of arts and humanity, and to help youth in the Arkansas delta see themselves in her. Her first memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, chronicled Maya Angelou’s early life that was rife with racial and social challenges; and how, with perseverance and determination, she rose beyond her surroundings and early experiences. The Project seeks to ensure the children of the Delta that they too, can rise above their life obstacles and hardships.

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