Press Release
May 28, 2014

Statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the Passing of Maya Angelou

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334

“Today, the thoughts and prayers of the people of Chicago join countless millions around the world in mourning the passing of Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou was a true national treasure. Through poetry, song, dance, and the spoken word, Dr. Angelou gave voice to generations of Americans and became an unstoppable force for peace, civil rights, and social justice. I will always be honored to have been present when she delivered her poem, “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Clinton’s first inauguration, which was a call for inclusion and extending economic security to all Americans. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Dr. Angelou but we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever and inspire future generations working to build a more peaceful and compassionate world.”