Dr. Maya Angelou's prolific life as a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. The film combines her words with rare archival photographs and videos. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South, to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana, to her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on a journey through the life of an American icon. The film also features interviews with friends and family including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, John Singleton and Dr. Angelou's son, Guy Johnson.