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Michelle Obama, Oprah slated to speak at Maya Angelou’s memorial

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First lady Michelle Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey will speak at Maya Angelou’s funeral on Saturday. The critically-acclaimed poet, author and activist passed away peaceful on May 28. She was 86. 

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With ‘At Times Like This,’ poet Nikki Giovanni remembers Maya Angelou

The following poem was written by Nikki Giovanni. It originally appeared on Slate, under the title “At Times Like This.” Nikki Giovanni is a world-renown poet, writer, commentator, educator and activist. She is a distinguished professor at Virginia Tech.  By: Nikki Giovanni (for Maya Angelou) At times like this We measure our words Because we are Measuring a […]

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Event: Remembering Maya Angelou

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  On Wednesday May 28, the world lost an icon. Dr. Maya Angelou passed away peacefully in her sleep, and while millions continue to grieve her loss, some members of a spoken word collective are choosing to honor her memory.

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She Will Rise Forever

A moment of silence for our elder Maya Angelou as she transitions into the cosmos and protects us as our ancestor…. I was first introduced to Maya Angelou in college (my high school cared nothing for multiculturalism and an inclusive education) when I took an African American poetry course.  I loved this class so much, […]

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With moving words, Oprah Winfrey reflects on legacy of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou touched the heart and souls of millions across the world, and Oprah Winfrey has very fond memories of the beloved poet and author. Ms. Angelou, 86, passed away this morning at her North Carolina home peacefully according to family. Oprah had the following to say about the legendary star. 

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Maya Angelou dead at 86

World-renowned poet, actress and novelist Maya Angelou has passed away. She was 86 and died at her home in North Carolina according to her publicist Helen Brann. 

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Maya Angelou to be awarded Mailer Lifetime Achievement Award

World-renown author, poet and actress Dr. Maya Angelou will be awarded the Norman Mailer Center & Writers Colony’s lifetime achievement award. Angelou received the National Book Foundation’s 2013 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literacy Community earlier this month.

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Maya Angelou to Younger Generation: You Are Not the B-Word; You Are Not the N-Word

Maya Angelou recent interview: “I continue to say to young people, You are cared for,” she said. “They are worth everything. Women are better than being called the “b” word, and blacks are better than being called the ‘n’ word.”

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What Does it Really Mean to Be Black?

All my life my friends always thought it was funny that I didn’t “act black, talk black or dress black”. I always found it funny they decided I should act a certain way based on my race. I heard those comments since I was about 8. In an almost all white school system, the children […]

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A Father’s Day Reflection: Do Black Fathers Matter?

For the past 15 years of my life, Father’s Day was a day to be tolerated if not ignored. Unlike Mother’s Day where I actually thirst for the presence of my mother or someone else’s mother, I feel completely indifferent about Father’s Day. And, perhaps, my indifference has much to do with the fact that […]

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