“Today we mourn the passing and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou, whose voice, passion, and life has left a lasting influence on our state and nation….
…Dr. Angelou was deeply involved in our nation’s Civil Rights movement and spent her life helping ensure that dignity, respect and opportunity were extended to all men and women. Her poetry and prose were an extension of her love and hope for humanity, a testimony of wisdom and strength that will continue to inspire generations of Americans.
“Dr. Angelou always considered New York City – especially Harlem – to be her second home. That is why we in New York State are so honored to have her personal papers housed at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my condolences to her loved ones.” – NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
“Maya Angelou was the quintessential renaissance woman of the 20th century art and human rights movements. Not only was she a literary icon, she was one of the few that turned her words into action. Although she participated in civil rights rallies, she challenged leaders of the civil rights movement to embrace the struggles of others and a broader view of freedom fighting. She challenged misogyny in the movement and was our poet, conscience, teacher and corrector. She was one of the few people whose presence you felt in the room even if she didn’t say a word. Her spirit was incomparable.” – Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network
“Yes I know why the caged bird sings!!” – David Weaver, member of CB 10
“The ability to bless the entire world with our expression is a gift that can only be endowed by our Creator. I will be ever grateful for the examples of the many gifts, as well as the wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou”.– Eartha Watts Hicks, Member of Harlem Writers Guild