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A Gracious letter from Maya Angelou to the Fayetteville, AR Public Library

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544769_10150667693066816_1938910273_nFrom my cousin Paula Bookout on FB, May 26, 2014

Our friend Paul Johnson posted this beautiful statement from Maya Angelou:

Maya Angelou, who died today, was forced because of ill health to cancel an April speaking engagement at the Fayetteville Public Library, where my son, David, is the executive director. She sent the following poignant letter regarding her inability to come to FPL. It’s one of the greatest letters I’ve ever read:

Dr. Angelou issued this statement in regards to missing the FPL appearance:

“Dear Fayetteville Public Library, Arkansas Family and Friends,

I am profoundly saddened that I am unable to be with you on Friday, April 11, 2014. I long to come to the state of Arkansas, in general, and I long to be in Fayetteville, in particular. I learned in Arkansas at a very young age from my grandmother who taught me, ‘when you learn, teach and when you get, give’.

“In Arkansas I also learned not to complain. I was taught that there are people all over the world who have less than I have and who would give anything for a portion of my possessions. They went to sleep last night as I went to sleep and they never awakened. Their beds have become their cooling boards and their blankets have become their winding sheets and they would give anything and everything for what I was complaining about.

“In Arkansas, I learned to trust love, not the romance of it, but the heart of it. In Arkansas I learned to have respect for friendship, to honor it, to trust it and to build it.

“An unexpected ailment put me into the hospital. I will be getting better and the time will come when I can receive another invitation from my state and you will recognize me for I shall be the tall Black lady smiling.

“I ask you to please keep me in your thoughts, in your conversation and in your prayers.

I am,
Maya Angelou”

Flavia and Brisa – Beautiful!

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Flavia & Brisa

If this is a problem to you . . .

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. . .then your problem is solved!

You’re welcome!


Working hard for breakfast! Aren’t you glad you get your cereal out of a box?

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