Maya Angelou Honored By Rev. Al Sharpton On Steps Of Her Harlem Brownstone

June 1, 2014

 

Maya Angelou was honored on her doorstep.

The literary giant, who died last week at age 86, was memorialized at her sprawling Harlem brownstone on Saturday.

“Maya didn’t come from the ground by being dropped from the sky, she came from the ground up to the sky,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton as he adorned the steps of her W. 120th St. home with a wreath of pink roses and white hydrangeas.

Angelou bought the home in 2004 and entertained friends, celebs and neighbors there through the years.

“As we put this wreath here, we make the eternal commitment that Maya Angelou will never be dead in Harlem,” Sharpton said. “Maya Angelou will always live in Harlem.”

Maya Angelou died at age 86 on Wednesday at her home in South Carolina.

 

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Sharpton dedicated his Saturday morning service at the National Action Network to Angelou, reading from one of her stirring poems, “Still I  Rise,” published in 1978.

Andrea Sanders, who was born and raised in Harlem and lives on W. 139th St., said it was important to pay tribute to the icon because of the way she forged special connections with her words.

“I was so fascinated with ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’” Sanders said of Angelou’s acclaimed account of her traumatic childhood in the segregated South. “I just loved her. I enjoyed her ability to reach within her soul and pull out the best of her to give to us.”

Funeral arrangements were still pending late Saturday for Angelou, who died on Wednesday in North Carolina.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/maya-angelou-remembered-harlem-brownstone-article-1.1813023#ixzz33QRhVCG8

 

 

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