Remembering Maya

Maya Angelou reciting her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning", at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993.

Maya Angelou reciting her poem, “On the Pulse of Morning”, at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.

Maya Angelou was a wise soul, beloved by Martin and an admirer of Malcolm, and a bright light to us all. Project Unspeakable members have been sharing memories of and quotations by Maya throughout the day, such as her description the first time she met Martin. “Looking at him in my office, alone, was like seeing a lion sitting down at my dinning-room table eating a plate of mustard greens.”


“…each one of us stepped on another’s shoulders, you see? So you stand on my shoulders. I stand on Martin’s and Malcolm’s shoulders, and Medgar Evers’s shoulders. And they stood on Dr. DuBois and Marcus Garvey, you see? So we make a wonderful pyramid. That’s why it’s always important to know you are in your place, because someone went before you, and paid for you. “


“Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.”

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