This presidential election season has consistently brought up the conversation of race, as it should, and right now, the conversation has turned into a debate, thanks to the award-winning poet and Civil Rights activist, Maya Angelou.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.