Renaissance woman, Dr. Maya Angelou announced her
endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president in a video
tribute that was first shown on Tuesday at a fundraiser
hosted by women of color. In the video, Dr.
Angelou speaks in personal terms about her fondness for
would encourage her to be a long-distance runner.
Be in this thing to win," said Dr. Angelou.
"You've got a lot of help and a lot of people care for
you – not just admire you, but really have profound
affection for you."
Hillary Clinton saw the video for
the first time with over 300 women of color at a
luncheon to support her candidacy and learn more about
the campaign. In addition to Dr. Angelou's video
tribute, the women at the event heard from other noted
participants included actress and foster care advocate
Victoria Rowell and Mary Wilson of the Supremes.
Several members of Congress also attended the event
including Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas,
Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, and Nydia Velasquez of
New York, and Grace Napolitano of California.
was deeply moved by Maya's words. She never ceases
to amaze me by her brilliance," said Clinton. "I
have known Maya for many years and have been honored by
her friendship. I'm thrilled to have her support
in my campaign."
Maya Angelou is one of the great voices of contemporary
literature. Throughout her life, she has filled
many roles including poet, educator, historian,
best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights
activist, producer, and director. Maya Angelou is
known for the autobiographical writings I Know Why the
Caged Bird Sings (1969) and All God's Children Need
Traveling Shoes (1986). Her volume of poetry, Just Give
Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die (1971) was
nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1993, Angelou
read her poem On the Pulse of Morning during Bill
Clinton's Presidential inauguration. It was only the
second time in U.S. history that a poet had been asked
to read at an inauguration.
The campaign has posted the
video on its Web site. To view the video, click