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Maya Angelou Speaks at Dartmouth

April 15, 2002

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HANOVER, N.H. (AP) _ Poet and author Maya Angelou apologized to Dartmouth College students on behalf of her generation for ``handing you a world so full of hate.″

But as the keynote speaker at celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the school’s Tucker Foundation, Angelou said Dartmouth students are ``the best we have″ and that they have the potential to change the world.

``Each of you, each student, has the possibility ... of becoming rainbows for those who are yet to come,″ Angelou said Friday night.

Angelou recited several poems during her speech, including ``Sympathy″ and ``Little Brown Baby″ by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, ``Letter to My Sister″ by Anne Spencer and one of her own, ``Seven Women’s Blessed Assurance.″

Angelou, who also wrote ``I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,″ said she credits poetry as playing a central role in the survival and success of blacks in the United States.

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