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Maya Angelou on civility

"It would behoove us all to learn some grace," she says. "Grace is not just posture. It really is civility and that's civil rights at the highest level. Civility, courtesy, well-chosen words, kindness, interest in other human beings, not just interest in oneself."

People, she says, ought to look less at possessions and more toward one another for personal fulfillment.

"It's time for us to stop looking at things ... and look at human beings. Look at the children. Look at the men. Look at the women."

Angelou, who will turn 81 on April 4, teaches at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. She captured the world's attention when she read a poem she composed for President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration.

This is from a Detroit Free Press March 8 article ‘Maya Angelou, in Detroit next week, reflects on life, grace and self-esteem’.


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