Making History

Dr. Maya Angelou first connected with Winston-Salem in 1973 when she spoke at Wake Forest University during Black Awareness Week.She fell in love with the people, culture, and history of the city and eventually accepted a lifetime professorship at Wake Forest in 1981.Dr. Angelou made significant contributions to the city, including the founding of The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity in the WakeForest Innovation Quarter that focuses on special populations—ages65 and up, ages 17 and younger, and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities—and the opening of the Maya Angelou Women’sHealth & Wellness Center, which treats women in all stages of life.