In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" (1993) at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961. With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson for Black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture.
After Clinton's inaugural address, Maya Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning". The poem, which Angelou wrote specifically for the inauguration, shared common themes to Clinton's inaugural address, including change, responsibility, and the President's and the citizenry's role in establishing economic security.
- January 20, 1993; 28 years ago
- Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
- United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.
- Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, — Assuming office, William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States, — Administering oath, Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States, — Assuming office, Byron White, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, — Administering oath
In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" (1993) at Bill Clinton's inauguration, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.
An acclaimed American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer, Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou had a broad career as a singer, dancer, actress, composer, and Hollywood’s first female black director, but became most famous as a writer, editor, essayist, playwright,...
Maya Angelou reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993. Menurut penulis Hilton Als , Angelou merupakan perempuan penulis Afrika-Amerika yang membuka pembahasan tentang kehidupan pribadi, dan orang pertama yang menggunakan cerita hidupnya sebagai karakter sentral dalam bukunya. 
Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou (olmâ nommâ Marguerite Annie Johnson; 4. cuáŋuimáánu 1928 St. Louis, Missouri, Ovtâstum staatah – 28. vyesimáánu 2014 Winston-Salem, Tave-Carolina, Ovtâstum staatah) lâi maaŋgâpiälálâš ovtâstumstaatâlâš kirječällee. Sun čaalij tiivtâid, muštâlusâid, čaitâlmijd, párnáikiirjijd já ...
Puisi yang dia bacakan pada inagurasi Bill Clinton berjudul "On the Pulse of Morning" dan karya tersebut juga mendapat Penghargaan Grammy (Grammy Awards) pada tahun yang sama. Angelou terlahir dengan nama Marguerite Annie Johnson pada 4 April 1928 di St. Louis, Missouri, dari pasangan Bailey Johnson and Vivian Baxter Johnson.