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May 28, 2014

The Black Women’s Roundtable Deeply Saddened by Passing of a Phenomenal Woman, Dr. Maya Angelou

The Black Women’s Roundtable is deeply saddened in the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Maya epitomized a true “phenomenal woman” through her creative endeavors as well as how she lived her life. Our nation has lost a giant in the movement for civil rights, women’s rights and social justice; and our world has lost a precious jewel that can never be replaced.

Dr. Angelou leaves a legacy of work that highlights the struggles of her life and those of a growing nation. From the first book she penned, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” Dr. Angelou exposed the struggles and triumphs of a nation of people.

Through her work as a writer, actor, journalist, dancer, speaker and activist, Dr. Angelou eloquently communicated the difficult journey of Blacks from darkness into light to people from all races and nationalities. She brilliantly chronicled our history through the Great Depression, segregation, the civil rights movement to the tenure of the nation’s first African American president, Barack Obama.

We thank you Dr. Angelou for a life well lived and know you have gone to be with the ancestors and icons of our times. We vow to never forget to remember Dr. Maya Angelou, by continuing our fight for voting rights, jobs, peace, freedom and justice for all people and we will Rise!, Rise!, Rise! and still we rise.

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