Group 4 Created with Sketch.
Your changes have been saved

Snippet of Oprah's Master Class: Dr. Maya Angelou

From Audio: Dr. Maya Angelou

Share
station description Hear the greatest life lessons of some of the most respected and renowned actors, m... read more
Oprah’s Master Class: The Podcast
Duration: 03:46
The late Dr. Maya Angelou, acclaimed Black poet, tells the story of writing a poem for the world and the power of words.
Playlists that Snippet of Oprah's Master Class: Dr. Maya Angelou appears on.
Up Next
Full Description
Back to Top
The late Dr. Maya Angelou, acclaimed Black poet, tells the story of writing a poem for the world and the power of words.
Transcripts
Back to Top
I had written the inaugural poem from President Clinton. United Nations people called me and asked if I have a write a poem for the world. I said Yes. First I always say Yes for a good thing. And then I go to the library. And then I asked rabbis and priests and preachers and imams, What do you think? But finally I thought of United Nations when it was founded in San Francisco. I was 17 and I would go down to where they would meet and I would watch the people go in and we had that simultaneous translators would be paid $150 a week to translate language. I knew I had a pinch on for languages, and if I wasn't 6 ft tall, black, pregnant, unmarried and uneducated, I could go in that building and I cried. Can you imagine what it felt like 50 years later to be asked not only to write a poem, but to come back to San Francisco to that building and deliver the poem to the heads of state of the world? There's an African American song, 19th century, which is so great, it says when it looked like the sun Wanna shine anymore God put a rainbow in the clouds Imagine And I've had so many rainbows in my clouds I had a lot of clouds but I have had so many rain Those and one of the things I do When I step up on the stage When I stand up to translate When I go to teach my classes When I go to direct a movie I bring everyone who has ever been kind to me with me Black, white, Asian, Spanish speaking native American gay Straight Everybody I said Come with me I'm going on the stage Come with me I need you now Long dead you see So I don't ever feel I have no help I've had rainbows in my clouds And the thing to do it seems to me is to prepare yourself so that you could be a rainbow in somebody else's class Somebody who may not look like you may not call gone the same name you call God if they call. Got it all you see I may not eat the same dishes prepared the way you do may not dance your dance is or speak your language but be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think. Every human being at some point will have clouds in their lives some darker than others. The thing that my Angela's taught me about finding the rainbow in the cloud is that you can go through the cloud. You go around the cloud or above it. No matter how the light is always there, the light is always there, yours to seek and to find. I don't know anyone who understands the power of words Mawr than Maya Angelo. I've been in her home at a party, someone telling a home a phobic joke or making fun of someone in a derogatory way and watched her invite them to leave or stop them in mid sentence and say, Not in my house, you won't
Up Next
Add to playlist
New playlist

Embed

COPY
Embed Options
Create Playlist
Select the Station you want to upload this audio to
Station
0 / 140
0 / 2000
Playlist Icon Image:
(.jpg, .png, min size 500x500px)
Privacy
Subscribers
Your
voice
matters.
Discover & Listen to the world’s largest free collection of audio
Password reset

Enter your email address that you used to register. We'll send you an email with your username and a link to reset your password.



If you still need help, contact Vurbl Support
Password reset sent

You have been sent instructions on resetting you password to the email associated with your account. Please check your email and signing in again.


Back to Sign In
If you still need help, contact Vurbl Support
Your
voice
matters.
Discover & Listen to the world’s largest free collection of audio
Reset password

Please enter your new password below.



If you still need help, contact Vurbl Support
Your voice matters.
Discover & Listen to the world’s largest free collection of audio
Verify Email

Enter your email address that you used to register. We'll send you an email with a link to verify your email.



Cancel
Delete Profile
Are you sure? We will miss you :'(
Delete
Delete Audio
Are you sure?
Delete
Delete Playlist
Are you sure you want to delete this playlist?
Delete
Notifications Mark all as read
    You currently have no notifications
    Edit Snippet
    0 / 140
    0 / 140