Dr. Maya Angelou’s Homegoing Service. And STILL I Rise.


 

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Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou

 

Maya Angelou: I’m a Rainbow in Somebody’s Cloud

 

Published on Jul 31, 2012

CDF mourns the loss of Maya Angelou’s powerful presence. Remember. Pay tribute by listening to her beautiful words and lyrical poetry .

 
Dr. Maya Angelou was a keynote speaker at the Children’s Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 25, 2012 . The poem she recited was the prelude to the National and Racial Healing Town Hall plenary session that included Trayvon Martin‘s parents. Dr. Angelou received a standing ovation from the more than 3,000 conference participants, nearly half of them young advocate leaders.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Maya Angelou, whose timeless works such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings encouraged and stirred the souls of millions of readers, passed away last week at the age of 86.

 

Dr. Angelou’s family has arranged a private memorial service in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel this morning, Saturday, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

 

The First Lady, who has called Dr. Angelou one of her “she-roes” as well as a friend, will be speaking at the service.

 

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Dr. Maya Angelou, the poet, actress, author and civil rights activist known around the world, discovered her passion for teaching at Wake Forest University. And, in the past four decades, she has inspired generations of students to become better writers, thinkers and citizens. Angelou died on Wednesday, May 28, at the age of 86.

 

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Obituary

 

Doctor Maya Angelou was born to Vivian Baxter and Bailey Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. She passed to her Heavenly Reward quietly on May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren, a nephew, a niece, grandnieces, great-grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnephews and a host of beloveds.

 
From the time she was a child, Dr. Angelou proved that she was a unique individual with amazing commitment and focus.. The birth of her son when she was seventeen did not prevent her from continuing in pursuit of her dreams for a creative career. From her start as a singer in San Francisco’s Purple Onion and the Hungry I in 1953, to the installation of her portrait in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. In 2014; she was continuously on a dramatic, musical or political stage.

 
Dr. Maya Angelou was a dancer, a singer, an actress, a poet, a writer, a magazine editor, a playwright, a film director as well as a college lecturer, full Professor and a fearless, outspoken activist. She never let her various vocations inhibit her activism or her willingness to speak out against injustice and inequality. She performed in a number of major productions. She was in both the 1954 International Touring Company and the subsequent movie of Porgy and Bess. She was also in the 1977 television series of Alex Haley’s ‘Roots’ and in the 1995 film ‘How to make an American Quilt.’ There are too many other productions to name. She directed the films ‘Georgia, Georgia’ and ‘Down in the Delta.’

 
Dr. Maya Angelou’s first book ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ was published in 1970. She went on to write thirty-six other books including autobiographies, poetry and essays. A number of Dr. Angelou’s works were best sellers and were published in a number of languages.

 
Throughout her life Dr. Angelou’s activism never flagged or waned. In 1959, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, she headed the New York office of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian

 
Leadership Conference in 1959. Next, she worked for the Arab Observer News Magazine in Cairo, Egypt which was the premiere English language magazine in the Middle East. Later she moved to Ghana and met Malcolm X. She returned to the United States to work for him, but he was assassinated four days after her arrival in New York. She continued to be a voice of humanity, speaking out against anything that fettered the human spirit. Her life and her body of literary work trumpet the importance of love, tolerance and forgiveness. She was a warrior for truth, justice and love.

 

Order of Service

 

Officiating

 

Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.
Senior Pastor Mount Zion Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 
Prelude Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Ensemble

 
Processional The Family of Dr. Maya Angelou

 
Welcome Mr. Elliott Matthew Jones, Grandson

 
Call to Worship Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.

 
The Holy Scriptures
New Testament John 14: 1-6, 27 Ambassador Andrew Young

 
Reflection Ms. Cicely Tyson
Actress

 
Opening Song Just a Closer Walk with Thee Bobby Jones Gospel Choir

 
Official Tribute The Honorable Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States

 
Musical Tribute I Hope You Dance Ms. Lee Ann Womack
Written by Performing Artist
Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers

 
Reflection Dr. Edwin Wilson
Provost Emeritus, Wake Forest University

 
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Musical Tribute God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds. Performing Artist Ms. Alyson Williams

 

 

Reflection Ms. Oprah Winfrey

 
Musical Tribute Stand By Mr. Bebe Winans & Choir. Written by
Donnie McClurkin

 
Official Tribute Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

 
Eulogy
Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.

Personal Tribute Mr. Guy Bailey Johnson, Son. Mr. Brandon Bailey Johnson, Great Grandson

 

Musical Tribute Remember Me Mrs. Valerie Ashford Simpson
Written by Performing Artist
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Closing Tribute Mr. Colin Ashanti Johnson, Grandson

 

Recessional Been Found 1996 Recording, Dr. Maya Angelou
with Ashford and Simpson

 

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Michelle Obama Emotional Speech at Maya Angelou Memorial Service

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama speakes Saturday at a private memorial service for poet and author Maya Angelou, the White House said.

 
The service takes at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Angelou first began teaching in 1982.
Angelou, who died last week at age 86, was a favorite of the Obamas. President Obama praised her as a “brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.” The president’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, was named for Angelou.

 
Although Angelou supported Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, she later endorsed Barack Obama. In a 2009 essay in Essence magazine, Angelou recounted how she sought advice from Oprah Winfrey before introducing the Obamas at an event and praised Michelle Obama for her “effortless grace.”

 

Wake Forest University says there will be other celebrations of Angelou’s life in other cities. Her son, Guy Johnson, will release that information at a later date.

 

 

 

Oprah Winfrey speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

Oprah Winfrey speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

 

 

Cicely Tyson speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

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BeBe Winans speaks sings at Maya Angelou Memorial

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

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And Still I Rise

 

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In addition to her well-known autobiographies, Maya Angelou has steadily written poetry over the years. In this video Professor Angelou recites her poem, “And Still I Rise,” from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.

 

 

 

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Full Remarks: Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson, speaks at Saturday’s funeral service. We’ve posted his full, unedited remarks here

 

 

 

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Bill Clinton speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

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Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman

 

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Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman
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Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou – Been Found

 

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From the album Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou “Been Found” 1996.

 

 

 

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Remembering Maya Angelou: EBONY / Black History Photos.


 

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Ebony has had the distinct honor of photographing the legendary Maya Angelou many times for the pages of EBONY and JET magazines.

Remembering Maya Angelou: EBONY / Black History Photos.

 

Check out these gorgeous images of the late poet/activist from the EBONY Collection

 

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Read By Dr. Maya Angelou (PhD) 1928-2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 29th Of May: President Obama Host Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit.


 

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Read By Dr. Maya Angelou (PhD) 1928-2014.

 

Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, Maya Angelou defied all probability and category, enjoying mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium.

 

Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman, survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais.

 

She died Wednesday at age 86. The Struggle Here On Earth Is Over Queen Maya. Rest And Worry No More.

 

 

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President Obama to Host Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, May 29, President Obama will host a Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House, where he will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics and experts, athletes, military service members, and other stakeholders.

 

We know that many parents are focused on how best to protect their child from concussions, identify when their child has a concussion, and how best to respond when their child has a concussion.  Last fall, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council published a report that found that there are gaps in our research knowledge and that there is a startling lack of data on concussions, especially in youth sports.  The report also found that there is still a “culture of resistance” among athletes related to the self-reporting of concussions and the adherence to treatment plans once they experience a concussion.

 

The President believes we can and must do better and the Administration is committed to helping ensure that children continue to be active and play sports safely. During this summit, the Administration will announce new commitments from both the public and private sectors to raise awareness among young athletes, parents, school administrators, clinicians, coaches, and youth sports programs about how to identify, treat, and prevent concussions, as well as to conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help better address concussions among students.

 

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WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama, on this overcast Thursday, hosts the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit and a variety of public-private partnerships to deal with the problem.

 

 

From the White House: the “summit is bringing together key stakeholders to highlight new commitments, including new public-private partnerships, to increase research that will expand our knowledge of concussions and to provide parents, coaches, clinicians, and young athletes tools to better prevent, identify and respond to concussions.”

 

 

Actions Obama will announce, according to the White House:

·         The NCAA and the Department of Defense are jointly launching a $30 million effort to fund the most comprehensive clinical study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted and to issue an Educational Grand Challenge aimed at improving concussion safety behaviors in college sports and the military. This initiative aims to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management through a multi-site longitudinal clinical study and advanced research projects.  Through an Educational Grand Challenge, the initiative aims to create novel and impactful evidence-based concussion education materials and solicit research proposals to identify key factors for affecting change in the culture and behavior of college student-athlete and other young adult populations with regard to concussions.

 

 

·         The NFL is committing $25 million over the next three years to support projects and partnerships aimed at promoting youth sports safety, including support for new pilot programs to expand access to athletic trainers in schools, in conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers Association, and to support a Back to Sports program — a collaboration with the National PTA and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association — to hold information sessions across the country to educate parents about sports safety and the value of sports participation and an active lifestyle.

 

 

·         The National Institutes of Health is announcing the launch of a new longitudinal research effort to detect, characterize, and measure the chronic effects of repetitive concussions to inform clinical trials aimed at preventing or slowing disease progression in the future.  NIH is being supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, starting with an initial investment of $16 million from its first Sports Health Program partner, the National Football League. This funding, together with grants announced at the end of last year, fulfill the $30 million commitment the NFL made to the NIH in 2012.   This fall, the NIH will convene public and private funders of concussion and TBI research, including NIH, the NFL, DoD, and NCAA, with the goal of supporting enhanced coordination among research efforts and better leveraging of public and private investments to accelerate research outcomes.

 

 

·         The UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, with a $10 million investment from Steve Tisch, UCLA’s Departments of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics will launch the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program to target sports concussion prevention, outreach, research and treatment for athletes of all ages, especially youth.  The program will focus on strategies such as community education events, including a planned Southern California youth concussion day for players, coaches, parents and trainers; a new fellowship program training the next generation of pediatric sports neurologists; longitudinal research studies to advance understanding of and treatment of concussion; and expanded treatment capacity through new multidisciplinary concussion clinics.  In addition, this commitment will support a planning initiative to inform the development of a national system to accurately determine the incidence of youth sports-related concussions.

 

 

·          The National Institute of Standards and Technology will invest $5 million over five years as part of the Materials Genome Initiative, to work on tools to accelerate the development of advanced materials that can provide better protection against concussions for the athlete, the warfighter and others.  These efforts aim to advance the development of new materials including light-weight, structural composite, and active or smart materials for protective gear.

 

 

·         Pop Warner Little Scholars will participate this season in a research project modeled on the High School RIO reporting system, which tracks concussions and concussion trends in high school sports, to improve tracking of concussions among young athletes.  100 Pop Warner teams will participate in the RIO pilot.  Pop Warner provides youth football and cheer and dance programs to approximately 425,000 young people ranging in age from 5 to 16 years old.  The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will launch a comprehensive pediatric and adolescent concussion registry to enable CHOP researchers to assess data for thousands of children with concussions to improve understanding of concussions and their impact on child health.

 

 

·         Safe Kids Worldwide, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, will host more than 200 sports safety clinics for parents, coaches and young athletes across the country, including education on concussions, and will release a research report this summer providing updated insights into the culture of youth sports today.  The Brain Injury Association of America in collaboration with SAP will build an online application to help students, parents and educators better understand when to return to class after a concussion through a software platform that allows students, parents, educators, coaches and medical treatment providers to communicate.

 

 

·         USA Cheer will roll-out a new Head Injury Protocol to over 300,000 cheerleaders and their coaches this summer at clinics around the country to teach coaches and cheerleaders how to prevent, identify and seek treatment for any suspected head injuries.  USA Cheer and its partners, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, the U.S. All-Star Federation and the National Federation of State High School Associations will release new, updated cheerleading safety guidelines to reduce head injuries in cheerleading.

 

 

·         U.S. Soccer is establishing a Chief Medical Officer position to interface with the medical community and experts in the field of concussion management and prevention.   U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer will jointly organize a first-of-its-kind Medical Summit to, among other topics, lead a coordinated effort on concussion management and prevention initiatives. They also will use their platforms to communicate PSAs and other concussion-related messages including through U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team games, MLS games and special events, and other venues.

 

 

·         The National Federation of State High School Associations will host a concussion summit this year focused on promoting best practices to minimize injury risks in high school athletes.  NFHS writes playing rules for high school level sports, reaching more than 19,000 high schools and more than 7.7. million participants in high school sports.  The National High School Athletic Coaches Association will use its summer  convention to provide education sessions on concussion for high school coaches and expand the concussion information on its Web site. 

 

 

·         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will promote the use of its new Heads Up to Parents app to help parents learn how to spot concussion symptoms and what to do if they think their child or teen has a concussion.  In response to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to evaluate education efforts, CDC will evaluate its Heads Up concussion education program to help ensure that its messages are best reaching parents, coaches and young athletes.  It also will support the evaluation of ‘return to play’ laws.

 

 

·         The American Academy of Neurology will host its first multidisciplinary Sports Concussion Conference this summer and continue to support a national public education campaign to increase awareness of its clinical guidelines on sports concussions.   The American Psychological Association will produce a Web-based Concussions Toolkit as a resource for psychologists on concussions research and clinical information.  The American Academy of Pediatrics anticipates releasing an updated policy statement on sports-related concussion in children and adolescents in the  fall of 2015.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will, by spring 2015, release the clinical guidelines it is developing for the appropriate diagnosis and management of children and teens with mild traumatic brain injury, including concussions, for use in doctor’s offices and emergency departments.  CDC has convened a Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guideline Workgroup composed of leading clinical experts to support the development of these guidelines. 

 

 

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White House Schedule – May 29th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29th, 2014

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, MAY 29th, 2014

 

 

Thursday May 29th, 2014. All Times EDST

 

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Later in the morning, the President will deliver remarks as part of the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit.  He will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics, experts, athletes, military service members, and other stakeholders for these remarks in the East Room.  The President’s remarks will be open press.

 

 

In the afternoon, the President will join students participating in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit for a sports clinic on the South Lawn.  This event will be pooled press.

 

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

11:10 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, East Room.

 

 

12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

 

2:55: PM: THE PRESIDENT participates in a clinic as part of the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, South Lawn.

 

 

3:00 PM: The Vice President attends a reception for the Democratic National Committee, Local Event Time: 12:00 PM. Private Residence – Seattle

 

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President Obama’s Schedule for the Week of May 29th to May 30th 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will host a summit at the White House on youth sports safety and concussions, where he will be joined by stakeholders, including young athletes, parents, coaches, experts, professional athletes, and military servicemembers. At the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, the President will announce new commitments by both the public and private sectors to raise awareness about how to identify, treat and prevent concussions, and conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help us better address these problems.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a hurricane preparedness meeting at FEMA Headquarters.

 

 

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Gutierrez in Richmond, Va. to prod Cantor on immigration reform

 

By LYNN SWEET

 

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) join a group of military 'DREAMers,' undocumented youth who aspire to serve the United States military but are prohibited from doing due to their immigration status, during a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2014. | Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) join a group of military ‘DREAMers,’ undocumented youth who aspire to serve the United States military but are prohibited from doing due to their immigration status, during a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2014. | Getty Images

 

WASHINGTON — Rep. Luis Gutiettez D-Ill. on Wednesday hits Richmond Va. to discuss immigration reform at the State Capitol. Richmond is in the congressional district of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor R-Va. congressional district (VA-7) and the event is designed to try to prod Cantor into getting House leadership to take up immigration reform — almost a year after the Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill.

 

There is not a lot of time left. In a speech on the House floor last week (May 20) Gutierrez noted only 18 legislative days before Congress takes a July 4 break.

 

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Hillary Clinton: Rahm Emanuel interviews her in Chicago June 11

 

By LYNN SWEET

 

WASHINGTON—Hillary Rodham Clinton hits Chicago for a speech on June 10—the day her new book “Hard Choices” is released—and at the Chicago Ideas Festival the next day, she will be interviewed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is helping raise money for a group encouraging her to run for president in 2016.

 

Clinton returns to her hometown for the paid address to the United Fresh Produce Association and the Food Marketing Institute, meeting at McCormick Place coming on the release date of the anticipated blockbuster—and I say that based on news reports that a million copies of the book have been printed.

The Ideas Festival is calling the Clinton/Emanuel event a “conversation,” with the former Secretary of State delivering remarks for about 20 minutes, followed by Emanuel hosting a question and answer session which will include taking questions from the audience.

 

Ticket info:  chicagoideas.com Tickets to Clinton’s event will include a signed copy of Hard Choices.

 

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Westboro Baptist Church’s Plan to Protest D.C. High School Sparks Counterprotest

 

 

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A local high school’s effort to support its gay students has drawn the ire of the Westboro Baptist Church, provoking the divisive, Kansas-based group to plan a protest next month in the District.

 

On Wednesday, mayoral candidate David Catania, an openly gay member of the D.C. Council, called on residents of the city to stand with students at Woodrow Wilson High School “in support of tolerance and respect.”

 

The Northwest D.C. school will host a Pride Day on June 4, welcoming more than 20 organizations with support and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students into its atrium for a midday event.

 

Five days later, the WBC is planning an anti-gay protest on the sidewalk outside the school, attempting to catch the attention of students as they arrive for morning classes.

 

“This generation cannot find wisdom at any of their institutions of elementary, secondary or post-secondary education,” organizers declared in a release posted to Westboro’s website on Sunday. The group is targeting Wilson for providing resources to gay students.

 

Last year, Wilson made history as the first public school in D.C. to have a pride celebration.

 

Catania spoke with the principal, faculty and students behind the second annual event and thanked them for their work. Some have announced plans to organize a peaceful counterprotest.

 

“As I told the students, they are reaffirming the District’s legacy of inclusiveness and respect,” he said in a release.

 

“This is the city where Mildred and Richard Loving sought refuge and the freedom to love the person of their choice when the state of Virginia barred them from marrying because of the difference in the color of their skin,” he continued, referring to the landmark civil rights decision that invalidated laws barring interracial marriage. “More recently, it is the same city that was at the forefront of the fight for Marriage Equality.”

 

Catania, a Republican-turned-independent who spent much of his childhood in Kansas, is urging D.C. residents to back the students against the protesters.

 

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From Associated Press:

 

Conservative Senator: Gay Marriage Will Become Law Of The Land

 

Orrin Hatch

 

Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks during an appearance on KSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show (http://bit.ly/1koFdlh).

 

“Let’s face it: anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,” said Hatch, a seven-term Republican senator who has been a proponent of keeping marriage exclusively between a man and a woman.

 

He said he doesn’t agree with the string of pro-gay marriage rulings, but defended two Utah judges who issued such decisions. Hatch said Robert Shelby and Dale Kimball are both excellent federal judges. Hatchrecommended both for the bench — Shelby in 2011 and Kimball in 1997.

 

“How do you blame the judge for deciding a case in accordance with what the Supreme Court has already articulated?” Hatch said.

 

His only criticism of Shelby was that he didn’t immediately put his ruling on hold when he struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban in December. More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples until the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay more than two weeks later. The case is before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

 

Gay rights activists have won 14 lower court cases since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last summer. Gay and lesbian couples currently can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with Oregon and Pennsylvania being the latest states to join the list.

 

Hatch also questioned whether judges should be able to tell states how to handle an important matter like marriage.

 

He said he believes nobody should suffer discrimination, and said religious people should try to understand other people’s beliefs.

 

The former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted the Supreme Court would take a gay marriage case in 2015.

 

“Sooner or later gay marriage is probably going to be approved by the Supreme Court of the United States, and certainly as the people in this country move toward it, especially young people,” Hatch said. “I don’t think that’s the right way to go, on the other hand, I do accept whatever the courts have to say.”

 

Thank you Associated Press.

 

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Newspaper Writes Blistering Editorial On McConnell’s Shift On Obamacare

 

By DANIEL STRAUSS

 

That doesn’t quite add up to the editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

 

“Repeal the federal law, which McConnell calls ‘Obamacare,’ and the state exchange would collapse,” the editorial said on Wednesday. “Kynect could not survive without the ACA’s insurance reforms, including no longer allowing insurance companies to cancel policies when people get sick or deny them coverage because of pre-existing conditions, as well as the provision ending lifetime limits on benefit payments. (Kentucky tried to enact such reforms in the 1990s and found out we were too small a market to do it alone.)”

 

The editorial goes on to say that Kynect wouldn’t be able to survive without the federal funding from Obamacare.

 

“Kynect is the Affordable Care Act is Obamacare — even if Kentuckians are confused about which is which,” the editorial continued.

 

The editorial went on to say that the talking points it received from the McConnell campaign in response to questions about McConnell on Kynect and Obamacare are “unconnected to reality.”

 

“Kentuckians are waiting to learn if their five-term senator understands —or cares— how much is at stake,” the editorial concluded.

 

 

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Let’s Cook! with Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks

 

Published on May 29, 2014

Richard Sherman of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks goes into the White House Kitchen to cook up something special. http://www.letsmove.gov

 

 

 

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Remembering and Celebrating the Life of Dr. Maya Angelou

 

David Hudson
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May 28, 2014
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This afternoon, the President released a statement on the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou – one of the most prolific writers and activists of our time:

 

When her friend Nelson Mandela passed away last year, Maya Angelou wrote that “No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn.”

 

Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking – but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. In fact, she inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.

 

Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya’s day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, “flung up to heaven” – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring.

 

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“America Must Always Lead”: President Obama Addresses West Point Graduates

 

David Hudson
David Hudson

May 28, 2014
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Remarks by the President at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony

 

President Obama Speaks to West Point Graduates

 

Published on May 28, 2014

President Obama delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy commencement ceremony.

 

 

 

This morning, President Obama traveled to West Point to congratulate the newest officers in the United States Army and to reflect on America’s foreign policy agenda. In the President’s remarks, he acknowledged that our world is changing with accelerating speed and that America must be equipped to respond to an increasingly dynamic environment.

 

It will be your generation’s task to respond to this new world. The question we face; the question you will face; is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead, not just to secure our peace and prosperity, but also to extend peace and prosperity around the globe.

 

The President spent most of his speech outlining his vision for how the United States, and our military, should lead in the years to come. The four elements of American leadership included:

 

  1. Using military force when our core interests are at stake or our people are threatened
  2. Shifting our counter-terrorism strategy by more effectively partnering with countries where terrorist networks seek a foothold
  3. Continuing to strengthen and enforce international order through evolving our institutions, such as NATO and the United Nations
  4. Supporting democracy and human rights around the globe, not only as a matter of idealism, but one of national security

 

President Obama articulated that the United States is a global leader – a nation that “must always lead on the world stage.”

 

Ultimately, global leadership requires us to see the world as it is, with all its danger and uncertainty. But American leadership also requires us to see the world as it should be – a place where the aspirations of individual human beings matter; where hopes and not just fears govern; where the truths written into our founding documents can steer the currents of history in the direction of justice. And we cannot do that without you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduation at the United States Military Academy at West Point 2014 By Pete Souza

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Background Conference Call on the President’s Commencement Address at West Point

 

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Designates the First 12 Manufacturing Communities through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership to Spur Investment and Create Jobs

 

Statement by the President on the Passing of Maya Angelou

 

FACT SHEET: Harnessing the Power of Data for a Clean, Secure, and Reliable Energy Future

 

Fact Sheet: The Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations Request

 

 

President Obama to Host Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, May 29, President Obama will host a Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House, where he will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics and experts, athletes, military service members, and other stakeholders.

 

We know that many parents are focused on how best to protect their child from concussions, identify when their child has a concussion, and how best to respond when their child has a concussion.  Last fall, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council published a report that found that there are gaps in our research knowledge and that there is a startling lack of data on concussions, especially in youth sports.  The report also found that there is still a “culture of resistance” among athletes related to the self-reporting of concussions and the adherence to treatment plans once they experience a concussion.

 

The President believes we can and must do better and the Administration is committed to helping ensure that children continue to be active and play sports safely. During this summit, the Administration will announce new commitments from both the public and private sectors to raise awareness among young athletes, parents, school administrators, clinicians, coaches, and youth sports programs about how to identify, treat, and prevent concussions, as well as to conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help better address concussions among students.

 

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Harnessing the Power of Data, Technology, and Innovation for a Clean Energy Economy

 

 

Today, the White House, the Energy Department, and the General Services Administration are teaming up to host an Energy Datapalooza, highlighting important new steps in the public and private sectors to leverage data and innovation in ways that promote a clean energy economy in America.

 

Advances in technology are making it easier for consumers and businesses across the nation to better understand how they are using and saving energy. Empowering citizens with information about their energy usage can help them make smart choices that cut energy waste, cut down energy bills, and preserve our environment.

 

The federal government has an important role to play in unleashing energy-related data and catalyzing innovation to support these savings. That is why the Obama Administration has taken unprecedented steps to make open government data more available to citizens, companies, and innovators — including by launching both an Energy Data Initiative and a Climate Data Initiative.

 

In addition, in 2011, the Administration launched the Green Button Initiative to provide families and businesses with easy and secure access to their own energy-usage information. And today, the Obama Administration is announcing a number of new steps to continue this momentum, including: a successful federal pilot applying the Green Button to help building managers achieve greater efficiencies; and new or expanded data resources and tools in the areas of geothermal, solar, hydropower, bio energy, and buildings.

 

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Read By Dr. Maya Angelou (PhD) 1928-2014.

 

An Answer To Joe The Plumber’s (Samuel J. Wurzelbacher) Asinine Comment: “Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”

 

President Obama Speaks On Afghanistan Draw Down Plans.

 

What Is The White House Science Fair? Prepare To Become Enlightened.

 

Nigerian Military Says It Has Located Missing Girls, BUT A Rescue Is Too Risky/Dangerous For The Girls.

 

 

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PBS NewsHour Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 

Published on May 28, 2014

Wednesday on the NewsHour, President Obama shared his vision for the U.S. in foreign policy during his commencement speech at West Point. Also: lack of diversity in Google’s workforce, what low voter turnout in Egypt means for the outcome, healing wounds from Rwanda’s historic genocide and celebrating the legacy of a poet, renaissance woman and literary Maya Angelou.

 

 

 

Kitra Cahana: Stories of the homeless and hidden’

 

Published on May 28, 2014

As a young girl, photojournalist Kitra Cahana dreamed about running away from home to live freely on the road. Now as an adult and self-proclaimed vagabond, she follows modern nomads into their homes — boxcars, bus stops, parking lots, rest stop bathrooms — giving a glimpse into a culture on the margins.

 

 

 

Sterling responds to NBA with long letter

 

Published on May 28, 2014

Donald Sterling responds to the NBA’s vote to terminate his ownership of the LA Clippers in a 26-page letter.

 

 

 

College Student Strips Her Way To A Debt-Free Future

 

Published on May 27, 2014

“A University of Maryland student covers her tuition costs (and then some) by taking a train to New York every other weekend to work as an exotic dancer, according to a story from WMAR Baltimore. She makes about $180,000 a year. (Payscale says the typical annual income range for an exotic dancer is anywhere from $20,000 to $142,000.)

 

Six figures for working every other weekend? That’s pretty fantastic. This might not be the job choice for everyone — including some of the roughly 20 million college students in the U.S — but Maggie (who didn’t give the TV station her last name), seems more than happy with her choice. She has to have plenty of spending money, too: Tuition at the University of Maryland was $23,581 this year for state residents. It was $42,767 for out-of-state students.”

 

 

 

Scars, Memories Remain After Oso Mudslide

 

Published on May 27, 2014

Two months after a mudslide killed over 40 people in Oso, Washington, the community shows what it means to be ‘Oso Strong.’ The AP’s Bill Gorman found volunteers still searching for the missing, even as the official search ended a month ago.

 

 

 

Isla Vista victim’s dad: Don’t call me politicians, do something

 

Published on May 27, 2014

Anderson Cooper speaks with Richard Martinez, the dad of Isla Vista shooting victim Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez.

 

 

 

We’ll end this edition Of Barack After Dark™ with some dumbfuckery…..

 

Fox News Guest: Maybe He Killed Because He Was Gay?

 

Published on May 27, 2014

“Psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig has been popping up all over TV news this weekend after 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed seven people, including himself, in a murderous rampage near UC Santa Barbara Friday night. But it was one speculative comment on Fox News that has drawn the most attention.

 

Saturday evening, Ludwig wondered aloud of Fox’s Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro if Rodger was somebody who was “trying to fight against his homosexual impulses?” Instead of the conventional wisdom that Rodger targeting young women because he found they were not attracted to him, as he laid out in his video and written manifestos, Ludwig asked if he was “angry with women because they were taking away men from him.”

 

On Monday, Ludwig attempted to address some of the criticism she had received by posting a hashtag-filled message on Facebook, which notably misspelled the killer’s name — twice”

 

 

 

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Read By Dr. Maya Angelou (PhD) 1928-2014.


 

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Maya Angelou – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (part 1)

 

 

 

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Maya Angelou I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (part 10)

 

 

 

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MAYA ANGELOU, I Love You.

 

Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, Maya Angelou defied all probability and category, enjoying mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium.

Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman, survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais.

She died Wednesday at age 86. Here is a look at her life through the years.

 

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Famed poet and author Maya Angelou died this morning in North Carolina. She was 86.

 

“She’d been very frail and had heart problems, but she was going strong, finishing a new book,” Angelou’s agent Helen Brann told ABC News. “I spoke to her yesterday. She was fine, as she always was. Her spirit was indomitable.”

 

Maya Angelou’s Wisdom Distilled in 10 of Her Best Quotes

 

Angelou recently canceled an appearance at the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she will be honored. Major League Baseball cited “health reasons” Friday in saying the 86-year-old won’t make it to the May 30 event in Houston before the annual Civil Rights Game, the Associated Press reported last Friday.

 

“Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love,” Angelou’s son Guy Johnson said in a statement.

 

Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Angelou worked a number of jobs before publishing her first book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which focused on her own life, in 1969.

 

Nominated for a National Book Award, the tome skyrocketed Angelou to national fame — especially given the controversial nature of several sections, which dealt with child molestation, racism, and sexuality.

 

“I thought that it was a mild book. There’s no profanity,” Angelou told AP. “It speaks about surviving, and it really doesn’t make ogres of many people. I was shocked to find there were people who really wanted it banned, and I still believe people who are against the book have never read the book.”

 

After the success of her first book, Angelous wrote the screenplay and score for the 1972 film, “Georgia, Georgia,” becoming the first African-American woman to author a screenplay that was filmed. It was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

 

She would go on to write more than 30 published works, including five more memoirs and many books of poetry.

 

Beloved by stars, Angelou was a mentor to Oprah Winfrey and favorite of many presidents. She spoke at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton and was awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts in 2000. In 2011, President Barack Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

Last November, ABC News spoke with Angelou, who lived in in Winston-Salem because of her longtime teaching job at Wake Forest University.

 

“I’m learning that I have patience and that patience is a great gift,” she said. “I know that people only do what they know to do. Not what they say they know, not what they think they should know. … People do only what they know how to do, so I have patience. I pray that people will have patience with themselves and learn more.”

 

 

R.I.P Maya Angelou 

 

 

 

 

MAYA ANGELOU – STILL I RISE

 

 

 

Maya Angelou Introduces Michelle Obama

 

 

 

Interview with Maya Angelou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Maya Angelou Recites Her Poem “Phenomenal Woman” 

 

Poet, teacher, activist and more—pay tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou and listen to her read her unforgettable poem “Phenomenal Woman.”

 

 

 

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