NAACP Mourns the Loss of Dr. Maya Angelou

Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors:

Maya Angelou was a fearless writer, poet and activist who made the world a better place for her generation and those to follow. Her powerful words taught scores of young women, particularly those of color, to believe that they are phenomenal and that their voices should never be silenced. Dr. Angelou rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page. Her legacy lives on in all of us.

Lorraine C. Miller, Interim NAACP President and CEO:

The world will miss the indomitable spirit and immeasurable brilliance of Maya Angelou. She was a literary genius and a civil rights activist who will be celebrated for years to come. I had the privilege of working with Dr. Angelou during my time with the Clinton Administration and found her to be a loving and caring woman. We talked politics and laughed a lot. More than simply a renowned poet, novelist and actress, Dr. Angelou was a pioneer, a jewel of a person and a force to be reckoned with. Her humor and wit will be sorely missed.

Hilary O. Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy:

Maya Angelou was an extraordinarily gifted interpreter of the human condition for African Americans and so many others. Her words, whether delivered on a page or through oration, were deeply heartfelt and painfully clear. Her common touch and exceptional creative power helped so many diverse hearts find a common vision. She will be profoundly missed.