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Video: Maya Angelou reads email from Rachel Corrie

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Famed American author, historian and civil rights activist Maya Angelou passed away today at age 86. Angelou is best known for her 1969 memoir of growing up in the Jim Crow south, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The above video was recorded in 2006, on the third anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death. 

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  1. just on May 28, 2014, 12:32 pm

    May she rest in peace, and her voice continue to be heard by the ones who can/will listen.

    She will forever remain a heroine of mine.

  2. Taxi on May 28, 2014, 12:32 pm

    Goodbye dearest Maya. You gave us so much truth and light and beauty. R.I.P wondrous lady.

  3. Sycamores on May 28, 2014, 1:41 pm

    i stumble upon this

    at Mrs Coretta Scott King’s funeral 2006

    The poet Maya Angelou remembered Mrs. King as both a friend and a proponent of peace. “She cherished her race,” Ms. Angelou said. “She cherished women. She cared for gay and straight people. She prayed nightly for Palestine and equally for Israel.”

    and then there’s Debbie Schlussel hateful racist diatribe
    Maya Angelou, Racist, US-Hating, Anti-Semitic Nutjob, Most Overrated Crappy Writer, RIH

    i can’t bring myself to copy and paste any of schlussel vile print it’s that bad.

    another disgusting person who is a supporter of Israel

    • bintbiba on May 28, 2014, 5:18 pm

      Schlussel ….truly vile. Defiles the page and Maya Angelou’s memory.

    • Ecru on May 29, 2014, 3:49 am

      Just out of curiosity I clicked on your link and lo and behold WOT showed up a warning:-

      Users have identified the following issues

      Hate, discrimination
      Adult content
      Misleading claims or unethical

      Obviously a perfect site for Zionists then…..

  4. Kathleen on May 28, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Maya rocked the world with her inspirational words and life. Saw and heard her speak in Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Ohio University in Athens Ohio some years back. She blew the roof off the place with her soul shaking words. Intelligent, powerful and unapologetic….Thank you Maya you rocked the world with your insights..How wonderful of her to read Rachel Corrie’s words. Rachel who put compassion into action and then paid with her life for it. May they both rest in peace

  5. just on May 28, 2014, 4:21 pm

    She did so much for women, the disenfranchised everywhere, the poor, the downtrodden, African Americans and the human race. She wrote/spoke as a true humanitarian, activist, and teacher.

    “And Still I Rise” is inspirational in very many ways. It so often makes me think of yes– Palestinians– and the many, many other victims of US aggression and hypocrisy.

  6. crone on May 28, 2014, 5:43 pm

    I just read the sad news…

    The world will be dimmer without her light… poetry ran through her veins. We were all blessed to have her even though the time was too, too short.

    A quote from Maya that speaks to me of Rachael Corrie (who could and did do more than ‘wash dishes’) ~

    “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

    Rest in peace wonderful lady… you will be sorely missed.

    “Free at last, free at last… thank God Almighty, we’re free at last. “

  7. Daniel Rich on May 28, 2014, 8:23 pm

    The long sleep awaits all of us. May all those who are wide awake, not be lulled into believing silence is golden. It is not.

    R.I.P., Maya. Your legacy will live on for ever.

  8. Taxi on May 29, 2014, 7:24 am

    Caged Bird
    By Maya Angelou

    A free bird leaps
    on the back of the wind
    and floats downstream
    till the current ends
    and dips his wing
    in the orange sun rays
    and dares to claim the sky.

    But a bird that stalks
    down his narrow cage
    can seldom see through
    his bars of rage
    his wings are clipped and
    his feet are tied
    so he opens his throat to sing.

    The caged bird sings
    with a fearful trill
    of things unknown
    but longed for still
    and his tune is heard
    on the distant hill
    for the caged bird
    sings of freedom.

    The free bird thinks of another breeze
    and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
    and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
    and he names the sky his own

    But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
    his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
    his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
    so he opens his throat to sing.

    The caged bird sings
    with a fearful trill
    of things unknown
    but longed for still
    and his tune is heard
    on the distant hill
    for the caged bird
    sings of freedom.

    • eljay on May 29, 2014, 8:05 am

      >> Caged Bird
      >> By Maya Angelou

      I’m not a fan of poetry, but that was beautiful.

    • just on May 29, 2014, 8:15 am


      Thanks, Taxi.

  9. Nevada Ned on May 29, 2014, 9:11 am

    African-Americans get it. They understand the plight of the Palestinians.
    African-Americans have been the victims of racial discrimination, within a supposedly democratic setup.

    Too many Jews just don’t get it. They “support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state” without asking. “what is it like being non-Jewish in an officially Jewish state?” It means checkpoints, ethnic cleansing, and systematic racial discrimination. Where you can live and where you can work depends on being officially declared Jewish.

    I am old enough to remember the civil rights struggle of the 1960’s. In the South, most white Christian clergymen supported the Jim Crow system of racial discrimination. (That’s how Jerry Falwell got his start). These clergymen thought that racial discrimination was God’s will: they reassured their congregation that God was a segregationist. God wanted the to be a white man’s country. Their counterpart today is the legions of rabbis who think “God gave the land to the Jews”.

  10. Citizen on May 29, 2014, 10:45 am

    Angelou and Corrie. The old and the new, true blue full humans of the most high quality sort. I admire both so much.

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