Statement from President Clinton on the Death of Maya Angelou
NEW YORK - President Bill Clinton is commenting on the death of 86 year old author and poet Maya Angelou, who he calls a "treasure" and a "friend". Angelou, who was raised by her grandmother near Hope, Arkansas wrote a special poem for President Clinton's first inaugural address in 1993. Statement from President Clinton on the Death of Maya Angelou With Maya Angelou's passing, America has lost a national treasure; and Hillary and I, a beloved friend. The poems and stories she wrote and read to us in her commanding voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace. I will always be grateful for her electrifying reading of "On the Pulse of Morning" at my first inaugural, and even more for all the years of friendship that followed. Now she sings the songs the Creator gave to her when the river "and the tree and the stone were one." Our deepest sympathies are with Guy and his family.