Free tickets for the author and activist Maya Angelou’s Sept. 13 lecture at Montana State University’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31.

While tickets, limited to four per person, are free, there may be additional service and handling fees, organizers caution. They will be available at the Bobcat Ticket Office, all TicketWest locations and at Ticketswest.com.

MSU President Waded Cruzado will present Angelou with the MSU Presidential Medal for Global and Visionary Leadership prior to the lecture.

Angelou is considered one of America’s greatest voices of contemporary African-American literature, in addition to being a celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.

Angelou has been celebrated by universities, literary organizations, government agencies and special interest groups, making her one of the most honored writers of her generation. Angelou’s honors include a National Book Award nomination for “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” Pulitzer Prize nomination for “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die,” the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and service on two presidential committees. In February, Angelou was one of 15 civilians to receive the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

An Evening with Maya Angelou is sponsored by the Office of the President, ASMSU, MSU Leadership Institute, Montana Humanities Institute, and the MSU Parent Family Association. The popular jazz group, the Jeni Fleming Trio, is also a sponsor and will open the evening with a performance.

Doors to Brick Breeden Fieldhouse will open at 6:30 p.m. the night of the event. Parking at MSU is free after 6 p.m. Attendees must be seated by 7:15 p.m. or their seats may be released.

– MSU News Service