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UN chief: Angelou left ‘legacy of hope’ for world

May 29, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the renowned writer Maya Angelou leaves behind “a remarkable legacy of hope for the world.”

Ban says the United Nations owes Angelou, “who transcended childhood abuse and racial discrimination to become a household name,” a special debt of gratitude for the poem she wrote to commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary in 1995 entitled “A Brave and Startling Truth.”

“Her words on that occasion, that all ‘have the power to fashion for this earth a climate where every man and every woman can live freely,’ will forever resonate at the United Nations,” Ban said in a letter Thursday to Angelou’s son Guy Johnson.

Angelou died Wednesday at age 86.

Ban said “her moving works generated compassion and empowerment in her country and around the world.”

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