MAYOR HARP PAYS TRIBUTE TO MAYA ANGELOU
(5/27/2014) New Haven – Mayor Toni N. Harp today paid tribute to the late poet, writer, and Grammy-award winner Maya Angelou, who died this week at home in North Carolina. Mayor Harp described Angelou as a model and an inspiration, particularly among African-American women.
“Maya Angelou was the source of experience, hope, endurance, and faith, and she was a profound influence on several generations of Americans,” Mayor Harp said. “Maya Angelou wrote and spoke from her heart and her core, which seemed inextricably linked with a greater presence and louder-than-human voice.”
Mayor Harp said she still remembers the poem Angelou wrote and shared with the nation as part of President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, which coincided with then-Senator Harp’s first term in the Connecticut General Assembly.
“The final few lines of Maya Angelou’s poem that day filled me with hope for the new administration in Washington, and for any contribution I might make in the new chapter of my career just underway,” Mayor Harp said.
Mayor Harp said she hopes New Haven residents will be similarly inspired by those words today:
“Here, on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister's eyes, and into
Your brother's face, your country
And say simply
With hope --
- Maya Angelou - ‘On the Pulse of Morning’
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