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Maya Angelou's Fayetteville appearance canceled

By Special To NWA Media

This article was published April 8, 2014 at 3:21 p.m.

Maya Angelou's April 11 appearance at Fayetteville Public Library has been canceled. Full statement:

I am profoundly saddened that I am unable to be with you on Friday, April 11, 2014. I long to come to the state of Arkansas, in general, and I long to be in Fayetteville, in particular. I learned in Arkansas at a very young age from my grandmother who taught me, ‘when you learn, teach and when you get, give’.

In Arkansas I also learned not to complain. I was taught that there are people all over the world who have less than I have and who would give anything for a portion of my possessions. They went to sleep last night as I went to sleep and they never awakened. Their beds have become their cooling boards and their blankets have become their winding sheets and they would give anything and everything for what I was complaining about.

In Arkansas, I learned to trust love, not the romance of it, but the heart of it. In Arkansas I learned to have respect for friendship, to honor it, to trust it and to build it.

An unexpected ailment put me into the hospital. I will be getting better and the time will come when I can receive another invitation from my state and you will recognize me for I shall be the tall Black lady smiling.

I ask you to please keep me in your thoughts, in your conversation and in your prayers.

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djigoo says... April 8, 2014 at 4:16 p.m.

She is a national treasure! All good things to her.

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rbelv_aol.com says... April 8, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.

Ms Angelou we wish the best for you.

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Barefoot says... April 8, 2014 at 9:45 p.m.

beautiful woman.. maybe she caught a whiff of the seating/ticket scandal at her last visit?

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Lufus says... April 8, 2014 at 10:20 p.m.

We keep you in our thoughts, in our conversation and in our prayers. May you get well soon and come back to AR.

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Laxkwalaams says... April 9, 2014 at 5:54 a.m.

You have made us proud that you are from Arkansas.

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Wallybod says... April 9, 2014 at 10:17 p.m.

I enjoyed your book about growing up in Lafayette County and watching you commemorate the first Arkie to become president. You make us proud.

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