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Mourning Author Maya Angelou

I’ll share this statement from the National Book Foundation:

Maya Angelou (1928-2014), Recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013

We join the world in mourning the death of Dr. Maya Angelou, recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community in 2013. Writer, performer, and political activist, Dr. Angelou died Tuesday after a long illness at her home in Winston Salem, N.C. She was 86.

Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation says, “We share the gratitude of so many for Dr. Angelou’s contributions to literature, human rights, and social justice. Her legacy is one that all writers and readers across the world can admire and aspire to.”

In her acceptance speech at the 2013 National Book Awards Ceremony, Dr. Angelou said, “For over 40 years, imagine it, I have tried to tell the truth as I understand it.”

Watch Maya Angelou’s acceptance speech:

http://vimeo.com/80091024

More on Maya Angelou and her 2013 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community:

http://www.nationalbook.org/literarian.html#ma

 

Author: Lynn Rosen

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