Monday, November 17, 2008
Maya Angelou - and Human Rights
One of the heroes in my life is Maya Angelou, because of her books, her wonderful poetry, and mostly because of what she has done with her life. She suffered through some terrible experiences early in her life, but in spite of,or perhaps because of them, she has spent her time and energy bringing hope and inspiration to the rest of us.
Today Maya Angelou and her good friend, Norman Lear, will be honored with the Marian Anderson Award, for humanitarian leadership by an artist. One of many honors received by this wonderful woman. Well deserved.
I was very happy to read in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday of the thousands who turned out Saturday for the Human Rights Rally at City Hall. I also heard from Pagan Sphinx and from Cunning Runt, of a similar successful rally up in Northampton, Massachusetts, and from my daughter of others out in Salinas and in other cities in California.
On a much smaller scale, I was pleasantly surprised at the positive reception to my own small post on Friday. Restores one's faith in human nature a bit.
I understand that at the rally in Northampton someone carried a sign that read, "Separation of Church and Hate". That one really got to me. It is so sad that people who believe themselves to be God-fearing and morally upright cannot understand that their hatred makes them anything but what they profess to be. God created all of us as we are. Man created laws that say He must have made a mistake.