Legacies in Black Literature: Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison

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“On the Pulse of Morning”

“History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.”

Excerpt from “On the Pulse of Morning”

Angelou recited "On the Pulse of Morning" as the Inaugural Poet at the 1993 presidential inauguration for President Bill Clinton. She won the first Grammy Award for an inaugural poem the following year.

(Photo: Consolidated News Pictures/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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