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.
"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
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.”