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Marc Morial


(NNPA)—“We hear your calling/ And we begin by giving you 100 years/Of loving defense/We shall encourage the world to look/ Upon your complexion and see community.”—Maya Angelou, from the original poem “We Hear You,” a commemorative tribute to the National Urban League, performed at the organization’s Centennial celebration on July 28, 2010

There have been many tributes to the remarkable life of Maya Angelou.  President Obama called her “one of the brightest lights of our time.”  Former President Clinton described her as “a national treasure and a beloved friend.” Oprah Winfrey said, “She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”

But it is virtually impossible to sum up in words the many dimensions, the many gifts and the many lives touched by a woman who reigned in regality as the Queen Mother.  As I said in my own tribute on the day of her passing, “Dr. Maya Angelou defies any single description. She defined the essence of a ‘Phenomenal Woman’ for us.”

Maya Angelou is best known to millions as a prolific poet and author.  Her first (of six) autobiographies, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, inspired the legendary James Baldwin to write, “I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood, when the people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself so moved.”

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