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 life

Event: Remembering Maya Angelou



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.

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, I took the entire three part sequence. 

Maya Angelou to be awarded Mailer Lifetime Achievement Award

World-renowned 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 Literary Community earlier this month.

The award was the creative’s first major prize.