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Statement from Ronald L. Carter on the Passing of Maya Angelou

Source: Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Maya Angelou attends the Inaugural Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon which was held on the JCSU campus on Saturday June 28, 2003.

We deeply mourn the passing of Maya Angelou, whose treasured words moved us to tears, laughter and action. I am grateful to have known her as a fellow educator and colleague. 

She was a daring change agent who revealed ugly truths and disparities in humankind that required us to change as individuals and as a nation. A gifted academician, artist and teacher, she showed us how to be creatively insecure and find our passion and potential.  

We appreciate her significant contributions to higher education through her teaching and advocacy work with the United Negro College Fund. Her own success story – from teenage mother struggling to graduate from high school to professor and author of over 30 best sellers –  motivates us to dream big.

 As she once said “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  I have no doubt that her legendary work for justice, education and equality will stir the soul for generations to come.

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Maya Angelou is the reason I started writing poetry. I aspire to be one fraction as great as she was. This lady has been in company with some of the best, coming where she came from as someone who was raped, beat and endured greatly. Her spirit was never broken. I aspire to be as great as she was. She left me a little bit better.

Sabrina Giles

Maya Angelou lived in my hometown of Winston-Salem NC as she was an esteemed professor at Wake Forest University.

Professor Angelou walked with kings and queens yet never lost the common touch of knowing how to connect with all people. 

She was a servant leader who gave generously of her time, talent and treasure.  Maya Angelou through her poetry made you feel empowered and gave you hope for a new and better day.

The world soaked up the richness of her words and her presence made you feel better in the space you shared with her.

There will never be another citizen of the world like Dr. Maya Angelou.  God now has our poet laureate.  Her work will live on and her labor was not in vain.

Jimmy Ewers    Class of 1970

Jimmy Ewers

Maya Angelou has always been my favorite poet. I grew up loving her work and told myself I wanted to be just like her. A motivator, activist, poet, someone who stood for something. She is the reason I started writing poetry. Although I did not meet her when I had the chance, I learned alot from her and it wasnt because she was a woman or African American. She taught me that you should never give up on your dreams. You do not have to let obstacles stop you from being and doing something great, something that people will always remember.

Destiny Pete

I was the 2010 UNCF Maya Angelou scholar.  I meet her twice and was blessed to be able to hear her speak in person.  Dr. Maya Angelou is a very powerful woman.

Kneisha Gabriel

I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Angelou twice. She was a remarkable vessel of peace and change. 

Kirsten Hemmy

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