May 28, 2014 - Conyers Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou

Press Release

(WASHINGTON) – Today, revered poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou passed away in Winston-Salem, at the age of 86. After learning of her passing, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement honoring Dr. Angelou’s life and legacy:

“I was deeply saddened to learn that Dr. Maya Angelou passed away earlier today. Her contribution to our country - and, in particular, her ability to help us remember joy in moments of national turmoil - cannot be overstated. Her work inspired my own, and I take heart in knowing that both her art and her advocacy will continue to enrich the lives of so many,” said Conyers.

“A student of life, Dr. Angelou taught herself skills that led to her career as a revered poet, distinguished professor, and loving mother. Her autobiography ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ has brought hope and wisdom to countless individuals as they persevere through life’s many challenges. Dr. Angelou was a fierce champion of equality and fairness throughout her advocacy, and was a passionate supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Undoubtedly, Dr. Angelou has cemented her place in America’s history and will be forever remembered through her work and teachings.”

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