Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou

On May 28, 2014, internationally renowned author, poet, and activist Maya Angelou passed away following prolonged health complications.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Armstrong, President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, released the following statement:

“The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) mourns the death of Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou is one of the most influential Americans of our time, and her life has been a crown jewel of inspiration for countless people around the world. Spanning multiple fields, she had a remarkable career as an author, poet, singer, actress, playwright, and educator. Dr. Angelou’s work includes seminal classics in American literature. Alongside her prized literary and artistic career, Dr. Angelou was a leading activist within the American Civil Rights movement and other freedom movements across the globe. Both her works and activism were a reflection of not only tremendous personal adversity, but also a superior level of perseverance and strength.”

I, like many of my fellow lawmakers, consider Dr. Maya Angelou to be a source of inspiration and courage. The issues we embark upon in our communities today are similar to the very topics Dr. Angelou championed—fighting racism, sexism, and sexual violence; strengthening individuals and communities; and creating opportunities for others to succeed. NBCSL celebrates the national treasure that is Dr. Maya Angelou, and we look forward to continuing to honor her life and legacy through public service.”

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