Maya Angelou’s Inaugural Poem (1993)



Poet and author Maya Angelou has died. She was 86 (1928-2014). In 1993, she was invited by then-President-Elect Bill Clinton to deliver the Inaugural poem. Here she is reciting her poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” on January 20, 1993.
Video courtesy of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.
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23 thoughts on “Maya Angelou’s Inaugural Poem (1993)

  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    gives me chills every time I watch this. like to watch first thing in the morning for inspiration. a truly phenomenal woman and will be missed by millions.

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    I LOVE YOU AND YOU ARE SO INSPIRING, WIS,BUTIFULL,AND KIND YOU LEGENDARY YOUR MY HERO

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    Racist! Racist! Racist! They'd rather be Called Inuit!

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    The depth of this poem is remarkable. May we all learn from her vision for us.

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    I love the comment Rush Limbaugh made about this Angelou poem (which YOU or I could have written).  Recall that at this moment we still had Desert Storm War troops in Iraq.  Rush said that Saddam Hussein had to be listening to the poem thinking it was a coded message to our troops in the field.

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    This is not the complete poem as I remember listening to at Irwin Middle school when I was a pupil, listening live w my head on the desk. (I am 34y.o. now)..

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    love it. so beautifull so amzing so inspiring so wonderfull great and blessed.

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    Hypocritical ape.  "Peace" while she was a staunch supporter of Malcolm x and forcible communism.  Funny how she blames her people's inability to compete amongst all the other races of the world on white people…

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    "Each new hour holds new chances for new beginnings … the horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change."

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    So I just watched Alexander and Blanco's poems at Obama's inaugurations…what the hell happened to poetry!! This is how a poem is made, read, said!

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    Words can't even describe how beautiful this woman was inside and out. An icon. A treasure. Just a beautiful woman who loved.

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    Maya's words, her voice, enlivens my soul. A truly great human being of amazing grace, spirit and teaching.

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  • September 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    That was a truly astounding poem, to compare it to anything I'll compare it to something my countryman & one of Marguerite's favourite poets wrote… A mans a man for a' that.

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