Maya Angelou, the nation's wise woman

Maya Angelou, the nation's wise woman

There are 48 comments on the KTMF story from May 29, 2014, titled Maya Angelou, the nation's wise woman. In it, KTMF reports that:

Maya Angelou walked into a meeting of civil rights leaders discussing affirmative action back in the 1990s, looked around, and put them all in their place with a single, astute observation.

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#1 May 29, 2014
The last time I saw her, she was doing a commercial for a bank.
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It was pretty stupid as I recall.
Responsibility

Petaluma, CA

#4 May 29, 2014
Eighthman wrote:
The last time I saw her, she was doing a commercial for a bank.
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It was pretty stupid as I recall.
Turn off fux and read a book. Poems are usually shorter than a book.
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#5 May 29, 2014
I never heard of her.

Apparently she worked with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X, but I don't recall her name when learning about these famous men.
Responsibility

Petaluma, CA

#6 May 29, 2014
Eleanor wrote:
I never heard of her.
Apparently she worked with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X, but I don't recall her name when learning about these famous men.
Too bad, boy, because she is a successful writer who can write in sentences, write poetry and is a successful woman. She is famous to those who can read.
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#7 May 29, 2014
Responsibility wrote:
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Too bad, boy, because she is a successful writer who can write in sentences, write poetry and is a successful woman. She is famous to those who can read.
Nope, sorry. Never heard of her.

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#8 May 29, 2014
Eleanor wrote:
I never heard of her.
Apparently she worked with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X, but I don't recall her name when learning about these famous men.
You must lead a very sheltered life.
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#9 May 29, 2014
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>You must lead a very sheltered life.
Apparently so ...

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

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#10 May 29, 2014
Eleanor wrote:
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Apparently so ...
yes, Eleanor, you obviously haven't been spending near enough time with the "racked with guilt" white folk!
lolol

Rio Rancho, NM

#11 May 29, 2014
Eleanor wrote:
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Apparently so ...
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With her stripper, prostitute and madame background you probably couldn't locate the genre in the library database to find her writings. I seldom search those areas and never heard of her either.
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#14 May 29, 2014
Mr Big Dick Johnson wrote:
For those of you who have never heard of Ms. Angelou, pick up a book or go to a library instead of avoiding it.
Lol!!!!!!!!!!
Since her death, I've taken a look at some of the things she's written.

Kinda folksie, perhaps, but probably more meaningful to people with similar circumstances.

"Momma Welfare Roll

Her arms semaphore fat triangles,
Pudgy hands bunched on layered hips
Where bones idle under years of fatback
And lima beans.
Her jowls shiver in accusation
Of crimes clichéd by
Repetition. Her children, strangers
To childhood's toys, play
Best the games of darkened doorways,
Rooftop tag, and know the slick feel of
Other people's property.

Too fat to whore,
Too mad to work,
Searches her dreams for the
Lucky sign and walks bare-handed
Into a den of bureaucrats for
Her portion.
'They don't give me welfare.
I take it.'
Deo Vindice

Sacramento, CA

#15 May 29, 2014
Never heard of her.
Neither did any of our children in middle and high school.
Responsibility

Petaluma, CA

#16 May 29, 2014
Eleanor wrote:
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Well done for getting educated.

I recommend "still i Rise"
Responsibility

Petaluma, CA

#17 May 29, 2014
lolol wrote:
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I enjoy educating you on Ms Angelou:

Nominations and awards

Chubb Fellowship Award – Yale University 1970
National Book Award for “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” 1970
Pulitzer Prize Nomination for “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie” 1972
Tony Award Nomination for performance in “Look Away” 1973
Emmy Award Nomination for “Roots” 1977
The North Carolina Award in Literature 1987
American Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award 1990
Essence Woman of the Year 1992
Horatio Alger Award 1992
Woman in Film Award 1992
Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album 1994
Spingarn Award NAACP 1994
President's Award, Collegiate of Language Association for Outstanding Achievements, Winston-Salem, NC 1996
Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Los Angeles & Martin Luther King, Jr., Legacy Association National Award 1996
Humanitarian Contribution Award, Boston, MA 1997
Alston/Jones International Civil & Human Rights Award 1998
Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature 1999
Presidential Medal of Arts 2000

Over and above quite an impressive list for an acclaimed writer and a role model.

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“i hope we can change this!”

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#18 May 29, 2014
leave it to the liberals, they just can't help being arrogant, elitist a--holes...

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#19 May 29, 2014
Deo Vindice wrote:
Never heard of her.
Neither did any of our children in middle and high school.
Understandable. Her reputation hasn't yet reached the KKK.
foster

Ashburn, VA

#21 May 29, 2014
carey529 wrote:
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yes, Eleanor, you obviously haven't been spending near enough time with the "racked with guilt" white folk!
she could have been spared the embarrassment of advanced reading in Jr High.
foster

Ashburn, VA

#22 May 30, 2014
carey529 wrote:
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yes, Eleanor, you obviously haven't been spending near enough time with the "racked with guilt" white folk!
or like you and, hadn't gotten pass the mandatory reading assignment Curious George
foster

Ashburn, VA

#23 May 30, 2014
Mr Big Dick Johnson wrote:
For those of you who have never heard of Ms. Angelou, pick up a book or go to a library instead of avoiding it.
Lol!!!!!!!!!!
no need for dishwashers and landscape labors to have spent time reading American Lit. Preparing them to pass a drivers exam was difficult

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#28 May 30, 2014
Mr Big Dick Johnson wrote:
<quoted text>Everyone deserves a fair shot.
Some right between the eyes.

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#29 May 30, 2014
Responsibility wrote:
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Well done for getting educated.
I recommend "still i Rise"
Does she imagine she's a cake, or a fart?

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