Pelosi Statement on Passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

May 28, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the passing of Maya Angelou:

“Dr. Maya Angelou was one of our first and foremost American writers – a phenomenal woman of insight, eloquence, and artistry who gave voice to the rawness and loftiness of our history and our humanity.

“From the struggles of her youth, through her work in the civil rights movement, to her success as an author and her time as Poet Laureate, she embodied personal and artistic courage.  She reminded us of the beauty of diversity and the importance of the black experience.  She wrote of the cry for freedom, the experience of womanhood.  Her story was the story of America. 

“Today, we have lost one of the great souls of which Dr. Angelou once wrote.  It is a source of pride to the people of San Francisco that she first broke barriers on the trolley car tracks of our city and broadened the scope of her studies in art, music, and dance there.

“We hope it is a comfort to her family that so many around the world mourn with them at this time of grief.  Through our sadness, we draw strength from the enduring power of her own words: ‘Just like hopes springing high, still I'll rise.’”

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