Monday, November 03, 2008

It's time to lift America's spirit, by Maya Angelou


One of my heroes, Maya Angelou, is interviewed by CNN today - "It's time to lift America's spirit"! Absolutely, isn't it time to bind us together? It may, indeed, be such an important time to work to heal divides, and care for one another. Read an excerpt below, or read it all HERE.

~ Rev. Peter M. Carey

It's time to lift America's spirit, by Maya Angelou

NEW YORK (CNN) -- At 80, Maya Angelou says her "knees are not all that swift and my lungs need some extra help but other than that, my desire to learn and to share, that has not abated."

Maya Angelou urges politicians to "aim for the high ground" in her new book, "Letter to My Daughter."

Maya Angelou urges politicians to "aim for the high ground" in her new book, "Letter to My Daughter."

She shares what she's learned in an eventful life in her best-selling new book, "Letter to My Daughter." Angelou achieved fame for her autobiographical writing, including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and her poetry.

She read her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Clinton's first inauguration. She was only the second poet invited to read at the swearing in of a new president.

But her career has had many facets -- Angelou has been a singer, dancer, playwright, director and teacher.

In 166 pages, "Letter to My Daughter" distills stories from Angelou's life into universal lessons. She writes about birth, life and death, about the ways people misunderstand each other and then transcend their conflict. She calls on national leaders to raise the country's spirit and on Americans to remember that this is the nation that defeated the Nazis and expanded people's freedom through the civil rights movement.

"Politicians must set their aims for the high ground and according to our various leanings, Democratic, Republican, Independent, we will follow," she writes. "Politicians must be told if they continue to sink into the mud of obscenity, they will proceed alone."


Read the rest HERE.

1 comment:

Lauralew said...

Thanks for sharing this, Peter. I just wanted to weep. Wisdom and courage just oozes from her.