The State Department unveils a special poem. (12/9/2013)
“It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
— Excerpt from “Phenomenal Woman”
Maya Angelou spoke to women across the glob...
Together, best-selling authors Angelou and Morrison have a total of more than 50 honors for their literary works and a host of honorary degrees. Angelou published her seventh autobiography Mom & Me & Mom in April. "Morrison currently serves on the...
For their contributions to American history in literature and beyond, Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou were both recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Obama awarded Angelou in 2011 and Morri...
“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 inaugur...
"For over 40 years, imagine it, I have tried to tell the truth as I understand it, in prose, amazingly. I know that there's a difficulty in trying to write prose," Angelou told the audience at the 64th annual National Book Awards. "You know that e...