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On the Pulse of Morning
Transcript of On the Pulse of Morning
By Maya Angelou
On the Pulse of Morning
Acknowledge our differences
Help everyone and lift them up but not carry them
Has a message of hopes
“I will no longer give you a hiding place here.”
So popular it became a cassette and chapbook in 1993
Put in schools, libraries, cultural centers, and book stores worldwide
"A Rock, A River, A Tree, Hosts to species long since departed"
"I, the Rock, I the River, I the Tree I am yours"
"The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher. They hear. They all hear"
Many similarities between "Outward Bound" by Tennille and "On the Pulse of Morning"
"A Rock, A River, A Tree..." as the other poem starts with "Rock, rope, river, hands..."
Arrangement is the same
The poems end with affirmation
Lots of personification
Born on April 4, 1928
Grew up with her brother, Bailey, and her grandma who owned a general store
One of the greatest voices in contemporary black literature
Author, poet, playwright, stage and screen performer and director
San Francisco's first female streetcar conductor
Occasion for the Poem
Read the poem at President Bill Clinton's inauguration
Second person to read poem at a presidential inauguration
Says we should all make difference in the world
Want our president to make the world a better place
"Each new hour holds new chances for a new beginning"
Why She Wrote It
No matter what race or sexual orientation you should never be worried
No matter how you see yourself, you should never be judged on any of your outside features, and that people should respect you for anything.
The whole world should live as one instead of a bunch of divided groups of individuals.
Presidental Medal of Freedom
Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album
National Medal of Art
Wrote 7 autobiographies
Maya Angelou in 2001
Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of Morning"
A balancing rock
The Hudson River
A pledge tree
Maya Angelou having an interview with Oprah
President Bill Clinton's inauguration
President Obama giving Maya Angelou the Medal of Freedom
Robbie Hughes, Kaci de Flores,
Ashley Wong, Jacob Hair
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