Dr. Maya Angelou attends her 82nd birthday at a party with friends and family at her home on May 20, 2010 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Steve Exum/Getty Images)
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 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.
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