Renowned American Poet Maya Angelou has Called on Americans to say: “I am Sorry”


Maya Angelou has reacted to the senseless massacre in the United States on Friday 14th December 2012 that left about 26 people dead…20 of them little children and about six adults, by calling on Americans to say “I am Sorry”.

The comment posted on her Face book page on 15 December 2012 reads as follows: “Our country is grieving. Each child who has been slaughtered belongs to each of us and each slain adult is a member of our family. It is impossible to explain the horror to ourselves and to our survivors. We need to hold each other’s hands and look into each other’s eyes and say…”I am sorry.”

According to Police report, a 20-year-old man wearing combat gear and armed with semi-automatic pistols and a semi-automatic rifle killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in a wooded corner of Newtown, in the US State of Connecticut.

Out of the 26 dead, 20 of them so far are children between the ages of 5 and 10. The gunman, now identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza later committed suicide. This was after he had also killed his mother Mrs. Nancy Lanza, who also worked at the school. The killings come less than two weeks before Christmas.

Mrs. Maya Angelou is also adding her voice to all who are grieving following this heinous crime. Earlier in the day, in an emotional statement at the White House briefing room US President Barack Obama declared that “Our hearts are broken today”.

Maya Angelou is the most renowned female African American author and poet. She has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years.

She has received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Mrs. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences.

For her literary achievements, Angelou has been honored by universities, literary organizations, government agencies, and special interest groups. Las year, 2011, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

One of her most favorite poems is titled: “And Still I Rise”.