When poet, memoirist, cultural icon and Medal of Freedom recipient Maya Angelou died on May 28, her passing was marked and mourned around the world.
A local salute to Angelou will take place on Saturday, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, Barnes & Noble Brandon and the Hillsborough County School District.
Times columnist Ernest Hooper will lead a panel discussion by Times book editor Colette Bancroft, poet and Saint Leo University instructor Gianna Russo and others. The event will also feature readings of Angelou's poetry and art inspired by her work and life.
The free event takes place 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Brandon, 122 Brandon Town Center.