For Immediate Release: 5/29/2014 11:00 AM

Contact: Karen D. Campbell 301-952-5182

Council Chairman Mel Franklin Remembers the Late Dr. Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
The Prince George’s County Council, mourning the loss of Dr. Maya Angelou, offers sincere condolences and blessings of peace to the Angelou family, upon the news of her passing at the age of 86.
We are privileged to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Angelou, who carried many titles including civil rights activist, producer, actress, novelist, and educator. She may be best known as a poet, and celebrated around the world for her literary works, which include 30 bestselling titles.
In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Dr. Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1993 during the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, Dr. Maya Angelou became only the second poet in history, and the first African-American and woman, to recite a poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at a presidential inauguration. 
In the words of Maya Angelou, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Prince Georgians join the nation and the world to remember her words, honor her creative and expansive works, and pay tribute to her legacy which will teach, inspire and encourage many generations to come.   
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