Maya Angelou on Courage

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Maya Angelou on Courage

Krista Tippett interviewed the poet and memoirist Maya Angelou just three weeks before her death. In an intimate phone conversation, she shares a final encouragement for today's young men and women.

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Mariah Helgeson (@mariahism),  associate producer for On Being
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Just weeks before her death, our host Krista Tippett interviewed the great writer Dr. Maya Angelou. In audio from that interview, Maya Angelou remembers her encounter with W.E.B. Du Bois in Ghana — and offers some wisdom for upcoming generations:

"I would encourage young men and women, black and white and Asian and Spanish-speaking and all, to look at Dr. Du Bois and realize that courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can’t be consistently fair or kind or generous or forgiving any of those without courage."

Maya Angelou laughs at the Harlem Renaissance Day of Commitment in 2004 in New York City.

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Mariah Helgeson is an associate producer at On Being. She earned a degree in International Affairs with concentrations in the Middle East and Conflict Resolution from George Washington University. She grew up in Minnesota and was a program associate at the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network. When she’s not submerged in a good book she might be found laughing with her teenage sisters or playing chamber music.

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