Remembering Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou - poet, writer, activist - died on May 28, 2014. She was 86 years old. Follow the link below to listen to an interview with Dr. Angelou on the show in April 2013. We're also collecting your thoughts, tributes, and favorite passages in the comments.

Comments [10]

james nelson from Long Island

Nzo Nelson: as far as Im concerned, Maya was the natural successor to Robert Frost, who was the successor to Walt Whitman, and had relatively the same ratio of years between them and enormous talent also... they speak for the trees and (real) people....

May. 31 2014 05:27 PM

John from the office- you really do indeed carry yourself like a sad effete adolescent twerp.

must be some office...

May. 30 2014 10:48 AM
Vanessa Sellers from New York, NY

Maya Angelou lived in my West End Avenue Apartment Building for a while in the late 1980s early 90s, and was a striking presence. But more impressive yet was her respectful demeanor. What I found most striking (and in hindsight a real example of applied civil liberty!) was her way of calling our doormen not by their first name --as all New Yorker's do--but by their last name. I asked our main doorman, George, this morning, "Do you remember Mrs. Angelou never called you George, but Mr. Rogers?" He smiled and answered he certainly did. "Would you like me to call you Mr. Rogers too, just like Maya Angelou did?," I asked. Well, said George, why not take a middle road, and call me Mr. George--in remembrance of Angelou.

May. 29 2014 02:08 PM
Bonnie Kirsten from Manhattan

I could listen to Maya Angelou every moment, everyday. What a magnificent human being. How lucky I am to have heard her voice. Remarkable, exquisite, perfection.

May. 28 2014 10:18 PM
Jessica Chollet

Maya Angelou was the world's Grandma. She will missed.

May. 28 2014 09:33 PM

Dear Brian,
I wish to make a small correction. Maya Angelou, great as she was, was not one of the first female A-A best selling authors.
The tradition began in with Phillis Wheatley, a very popular poet and slave of the 18century (I think)
Then of course Harriet Beacher Stowe with Uncle Tom's Cabin and
the popular Stories of a Slave Girl. Then in the early half
20th century, Passing, Nightwood, followed eventually
by Their Eyes Were Watching God. I am sure there were more.

Young literary "sisters" have a long tradition
of brilliant, inspiring women to draw from, as
did Maya. RIP.

May. 28 2014 04:21 PM
a listener

[[Mr. Bad from NYC

A gentle reminder that Maya Angelou wasn't really that good:

May. 28 2014 11:25 AM]]


May. 28 2014 11:52 AM
john from office

Urgh, at least it took time away from the street lit segment.

May. 28 2014 11:43 AM

@Mr. Bad:

I thought that was an excellent commercial.

May. 28 2014 11:40 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

A gentle reminder that Maya Angelou wasn't really that good:


May. 28 2014 11:25 AM

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