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article image'His Day Is Done' Maya Angelou's poem for Nelson Mandela

By Layne Weiss     Dec 7, 2013 in World
On Friday, a day after the death of Nelson Mandela, the US State Department released a poem written by American author and poet, Maya Angelou.
"Yes, Mandela's day is done," Angelou said according to NPR. "Yet we, his inheritors, will open the gates wider for reconciliation."
During her reading, Maya Angelou also reveals a scarcely known fact about Nelson's Mandela's 1994 inauguration as South Africa's president.
"When Nelson Mandela took the seat of Presidency in his country where formerly he was not even allowed to vote we were enlarged by tears of pride as we saw Nelson Mandela’s former prison guards invited, courteously, by him to watch from the front row his inauguration," Angelou said according to AllHipHop.
In 2010, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Mandela's release from prison and his 92nd birthday, Angelou spoke with Grio recalling the first time she ever met him.
"When I first met him I was living in Cairo and I was married to a South African freedom fighter who was with the Pan African Congress and Mr. Mandela of course represented the African National Congress. He came to Cairo and came to my house there and it was so wonderful to hear the ANC and the PACpeople talking out of the country. There was no animosity. There was no rancor. They talked as brothers in Cairo, Egypt and it was so wonderful to see that."
Angelou also revealed that Mandela read her books in South Africa before they met, AllHipHop reports.
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