Maya Angelou’s New York Farewell
New York City got its chance to say farewell to Maya Angelou on Friday.
More than a thousand people piled inside the historic Riverside Church to remember the revered writer, poet and activist, who died in May — and who had, for many years, made Harlem her home.
“She was a bright light wherever she went,” Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said. “God surely outdid himself the day he molded Maya Angelou. She was a walking, talking work of art.”
Clinton said she, like generations of Americans, first got to know Angelou’s work through her iconic memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
Angelou, she said, possessed a voice that was “rich, enthralling.”