Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Maya Angelou poses for photographs during the fifth annual Norman Mailer Center benefit gala at the New York Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
AP National Writer (AP) — Her body weak, her voice rich and strong, Maya Angelou has accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Norman Mailer Center.
The 85-year-old author, poet, dancer and actress was honored Thursday night during a benefit gala at the New York Public Library. She was seated in a wheelchair. But she was a vivid presence in dark glasses and a sparkling black dress as she marveled that a girl from a segregated Arkansas village could grow up to become a literary star.
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot (zhoo-NOH’) Diaz and the late author-journalist Michael Hastings also received prizes named for Mailer, who died in 2007.
Hastings’ widow, Elise, teared up as she accepted a journalism award on behalf of her husband, who died in a car accident last summer.