Miss Lou tribute to Maya Angelou
Filed under Library News: Archives & Research Collections
“Dear Mrs. Bennett-Coverley, The magnificent Maya Angelou has asked me to contact you and ask you to present the 1986 Living Legacy Award to her at the presentation banquet on March 7, 1986, in San Diego, California.” So begins the letter from the Women’s International Center inviting Miss Lou to present a tribute to Maya Angelou at this occasion. The letter, Bennett-Coverley’s reply, and her touching tribute are all part of the Miss Lou Archives, held in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections in Mills Library.
As part of her tribute, Miss Lou wrote a poem to Angelou, which reads as follows:
Dem say dat yu magnificent, an dat is not no lie.
For dictionary say magnificent, dignified
Noble, and nuff more wud to
In fact, eena any language
Yuh magnificent fe true
But eena fe mi language
Magnificent mean Tallewah,
And Tallewah, mean stalwart
And Tallewah, mean strong
Big-hearted, Brave-hearted, Lion-hearted,
Walk good, Maya Angelou
And Magnificence walk wid yu.