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National PTA Statement on the Passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

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Heidi May, Media Relations Manager

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 29, 2014) National PTA President Otha Thornton issued the following statement in recognition of the passing of legendary author and poet, Dr. Maya Angelou:

“Yesterday, the world said goodbye to one of the most influential poets, authors, teachers and philanthropists of our time, Dr. Maya Angelou.

“National PTA had the honor of having her as a speaker at the association’s 2008 National Convention. Her passion for education, and the wellbeing of all children, was remarkable and steadfast.

“Dr. Angelou was known for her countless works of literature that told not only her own life stories, but uplifted and inspired people around the globe. In addition to being an author for such poems as ‘Phenomenal Woman,’ ‘Still I Rise’ and numerous books, she was also an actress, professor and humanitarian. President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

“I can remember reading her autobiography, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ as a child and the lasting impact her story made on my life. I also will never forget watching her in the American epic, ‘Roots.’ She was an awesome actress who always played positive and invigorating roles.

“It is with a saddened heart that everyone at National PTA says farewell to the true epitome of a phenomenal woman, Dr. Maya Angelou.”

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National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.