WASHINGTON — Poet Maya Angelou is visiting the Smithsonian Institution to sit down with the director of the National Museum of African Art for a discussion.

The author and educator is the featured speaker at the free event Friday evening. It will be held in the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Angelou was born in 1928 in St. Louis. She was raised there and in Stamps, Ark. She spent years abroad as an artist, writer and newspaper editor before returning to the United States. Angelou devoted herself to writing and produced more than 30 bestselling titles.

This is part of a series of events hosted by museum director Johnnetta Betsch Cole.

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