Forever Cherish Intimate Moments with Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee And More

By Carla Murphy Jun 24, 2014

An extraordinary video collection featuring recently deceased elders such as Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee speaking on the small but indelible moments of their lives is being added to the Library of Congress (LOC). The HistoryMakers collection of 9,000 hours of exclusive video interviews with notable and unsung African-Americans opens to the public this fall. In the meantime, watch Maya Angelou (paywalled) recall her brother Bailey whom she describes as her "black kingdom come" or Ruby Dee on the first time she met Ossie Davis.

"The slaves will now be joined with their progeny," HistoryMakers founder Julieanna Richardson told the New York Times. She is referring to the joining of her $15 million HistoryMakers collection with the LOC’s slave narrative archives, more than 2,300 first-person accounts collected by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.

(h/t The New York Times)