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Remembering and Celebrating the Life of Dr. Maya Angelou


By David Hudson, The White House

Washington, DCThe White HouseThis afternoon, President Barack Obama released a statement on the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou – one of the most prolific writers and activists of our time. Through timeless works such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Dr. Angelou encouraged and stirred the souls of millions of readers.

As President Obama said when he presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010, “By holding on even amid cruelty and loss, and then expanding to a sense of compassion, an ability to love – by holding on to her humanity, she has inspired countless others who have known injustice and misfortune in their own lives.”

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