Thursday, February 17, 2011

Maya Angelou awarded the Medal of Freedom

Charles Dharapak/AP
Fitting tribute to Maya Angelou for her contributions to letters, uplift of Black culture and the human spirit. For millions of her readers, including me, Ms. Angelou's biographies and poetry represent the power that words have to change our lives.
2011 is also the 40th anniversary of the publication of Ms. Angelou's first book of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie.

Charlotte news video clip of the Medal of Freedom award presentation to Maya Angelou from President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday, February 15, 2011.


  1. This is awesome! I have always admired and loved her from the first moment I saw her.

  2. I agree, Kristi--this is awesome. It's cliche, almost, but Maya Angelou's gift for language truly is phenomenal.