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MAYA ANGELOU (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) | In Memoriam

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Click Update to watch the June 7, 2014 Maya Angelou Memorial Service at Wake Forest University


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(with Bill Moyers)


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Poets Eugene Redmond and Maya Angelou with the omnipresent Oprah
(Maya’s ‘Ascension’)



“May you rest in peace, Dear Maya, you who supported my mission and work; you who brightened and deepened the dark, shallow outlook befallen us.”
— Al Young

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Maya Angelou in 1969, the year of her landmark memoir.
Photo: Chester Higgins, Jr.

“I’ll probably be writing when the Lord says, ‘Maya, Maya Angelou, it’s time,’” Angelou told TIME in 2013


“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.”
— Maya Angelou


Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.

Guy B. Johnson


1928-2014: Maya Angelou, writer, performer and participant in the civil rights movement

By Isaac Finn and Sandy English
18 June 2014
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Margalit Fox: “Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86” |, May 28, 2014


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Courtesy of Radio-Free 102.3 KJLH, Los Angeles


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Photo: Dan I. Slobin

The Maya Angelou plaque in Jack Kerouac Alley between City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio’s in San Francisco’s North Beach


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Saturday, May 24th, 2014


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Freed slaves in Charleston, NC commemorate in 1865 the death of Union soldiers and the end of the American Civil War. 

Who Invented Memorial Day?

By Jim Downs, Huffington Post, May 26, 2013

Read this story in full as originally published on the web

As Americans enjoy the holiday weekend, does anyone know how Memorial Day originated? 

On May 1, 1865, freed slaves gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to commemorate the death of Union soldiers and the end of the American Civil War. Three years later, General John Logan issued a special order that May 30, 1868 be observed as Decoration Day, the first Memorial Day — a day set aside “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land.”

At the time, the nation was reunited politically, but it remained culturally divided, and so did Memorial Day observations. In the North, the federal government created national cemeteries for men who died in the war, while state governments from New York to Michigan gradually made Decoration Day an official holiday throughout the 1870s. In the South, from April to June, women dressed in white and knelt beneath statues of fallen Confederate leaders; they told stories about the men who appeared in portraits lining the walls of many Southern homes. By the early 20th century, as Americans faced enemies abroad, many of the surviving Civil War veterans recognized their shared wartime history and reconciled their differences — turning Memorial Day into a national holiday

© Jim Downs/Huffington Post

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Defiant Journalist WILLIAM WORTHY (July 7, 1921 – May 4, 2014) | in memoriam

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


open quotesWe see only what is already in our eye. We learn only what we are already inwardly prepared to accept.
— William Worthy

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Photo: Walter Lippmann

open quotesFor this generation of younger journalists who are coming of age in the era of the Edward Snowden documents, WikiLeaks, of the government surveillance on the metadata of journalists and many millions of people in this country and around the world, I would say that William Worthy is the single most important journalist that they’ve never heard of. If Bill Worthy was a white journalist, and not been an African-American journalist, he would be much better known than he is right now.
—  Jeremy Scahill, investigative journalist, who considered Worthy a mentor.

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AP Photo/Bob Goldberg

In this April 16, 1964 file photo, newsman William Worthy, 42, left, and attorney William Kunstler hold an application for new passport and the $10 it cost Worthy to file it at the U.S. passport office in New York. Worthy, a foreign correspondent who defied travel bans to Cold War adversaries of the United States, died May 4, 2014, in Brewster, Mass., according to the The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He was 92.

William Worthy, defiant journalist, dies at 92 | Washington Post | May 12, 2014

: William Worthy, a Reporter Drawn to Forbidden Datelines, Dies at 92 | New York Times | May 17, 2014

‘The Most Important Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of’: Remembering William Worthy (1921-2014) | Democracy Now | May 19, 2014


GIANT STEPS: 17 of the World’s Most Beautiful Steps & Stairs (Bored Panda)

Sunday, May 18th, 2014


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STAIRS | Valparaíso, Chile

Street art is gradually coming to be accepted as a legitimate and wonderful art form by more and more people, but that doesn’t mean that street artists can rest on their laurels – they continue exploring with new ways to exploit public surfaces and cover them in beautiful art. This post is all about street artists and regular people who have decorated something that most of us probably wouldn’t think of decorating – public outdoor steps.  more

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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May 19, 2014

to alyoung

Thank you very much for contacting us about the ongoing Open Internet proceeding. We’re hoping to hear from as many people as possible about this critical issue, and so I’m very glad that we can include your thoughts and opinions.

I’m a strong supporter of the Open Internet, and I will fight to keep the internet open. Thanks again for sharing your views with me.

Tom Wheeler
Federal Communications Commission


——-  Original Message  ——-
Subject:   Jurisdiction over the FCC and Net neutrality

To Chairman Tom Wheeler and the FCC Commissioners––––

As a concerned citizen, I am writing to urge the Federal Communications Commission to protect Net neutrality and drop the proposed “pay-to-play” rule which would allow corporations and ISPs to implement paid prioritization.

The internet is essential to American business, innovation, and democracy. As such, Net neutrality principles must be protected. Please protect the open internet, scrap paid prioritization, and reclassify the internet as a telecommunications service to ensure Net neutrality.

Al Young,
California Poet Laureate Emeritus


Amid protests, U.S. FCC proposes new ‘net neutrality’ rules | Reuters

Rally to Save Internet

On May 15, 2014, at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., hundreds of Net Neutrality supporters protested the FCC’s proposed rules that would kill the open Internet.

Find out more about this historic day and how you can get involved in the fight for Net Neutrality at