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Flags lowered in honor of Maya Angelou

By Ashley Nerbovig

This article was published June 6, 2014 at 11:02 a.m.

All state flags will be lowered to half-staff Saturday in honor of Maya Angelou, who died in May after a period of ill health.

Angelou, who moved to Stamps when she was 3 years old, became one of the state's most renowned authors and was known the world over as a voice for human rights, freedom, justice and peace.

Angelou — whose first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought her international recognition and acclaim — also became well known after she recited her poem On the Pulse of Morning for President Bill Clinton's inauguration.

Gov. Mike Beebe extended deepest sympathies for the family and loved ones of Angelou in the proclamation and declared the flags be flown at half-staff in memory of Angelou and as an "expression of public sorrow," according to the proclamation.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 7, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.

Flags at half-staff ?? Some what over kill yes?

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LSS says... June 8, 2014 at 8:22 a.m.

Flags at half staff for this???
- gave birth to her son just a few weeks after high school graduation. In her late teens, Angelou spent time working as both a prostitute and madam.
- in September 1960, she was deeply moved by the sight of Castro's exhuberantly warm public embrace of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in New York, where both men were attending a United Nations session. “The Russians were O.K.,” Angelou later reminisced. “Of course, Castro never had called himself white, so he was O.K. from the git.
- helping Malcolm X build his Organization of African American ... she lent her support to the convicted cop-killer and former Black Panther, ...

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