Throwback Thursday: Black Leaders Back in the Day

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  • Robin Kelly
  • Marc Morial
  • Maya Angelou
  • Keith Ellison
  • Bobby Scott
  • Andre Carson
  • Emanuel Cleaver
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks
  • Jesse Jackson Sr., John Lewis, Charles Rangel, Carl Stokes
  • Elijah Cummings
  • Rep. John Lewis
  • James and Emily Clyburn
  • Barbara Lee
  • Karen Bass

A Very Special Throwback Thursday

Inaugurations always take place on chilly mornings, but on Jan. 20, 1993, the nation was warmed by the inspiring and hopeful words of poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou as she read "On the Pulse of Morning," which she'd written for President Bill Clinton. The historic moment was celebrated in this image of Dionne Warwick, Maxine Waters, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Maya Angelou, Cicely Tyson and Alexis Herman.

"Maya was a wise and spiritual woman who taught me valuable lessons about life and did not hesitate to compliment or criticize anyone," said Rep. Waters, who shared this photo.  

(Photo: Moneta Sleet, Jr./EBONY Collection/Johnson Publishing Company) 

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