County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Statement From County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

For Immediate Release: 5/28/2014 3:00 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson | 240-619-9400

Passing of Author and Poet Dr. Maya Angelou

Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released this statement following news of the passing of world renowned actor, author and poet, Dr. Maya Angelou.

"The residents of Prince George’s County join millions around the world as we reflect on life of Maya Angelou, a great American writer who touched so many people with her powerful words and amazing talents.  She used words like no other to express her view of the world and she did it with such intelligence and emotion.  Her words and thoughts resonated with readers who spanned across continents, generations, races, cultures and class.  Maya Angelou taught us about the power of the pen. Her words and phrasing were graceful, beautiful and heartfelt.  She possessed a sense of confidence and strength as an African American woman, who persevered life’s struggles and rose from poverty to share her tremendous gifts with the world.     

Like many, I considered myself a fan of her artistry and a devoted follower of her compassion and advocacy for the disenfranchised.  She once was quoted as saying, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Ironically, the world is never going to forget what a phenomenal woman Maya Angelou was and what she so eloquently spoke and wrote about.  Nor will we forget her quest to spread love throughout the world and celebrate humanity.  However, we will miss hearing her voice and seeing the wisdom in her reflection.  She taught us how to feel and think about ourselves, our history, our progress, and our future.  She has left an indelible mark on our hearts and souls.  God bless her and the marvelous legacy of words and expressions she gave to us.  The world is indeed a better place because Maya Angelou lived.”