It was a moment in time. Late author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou visited the CBS studios on Fifth Avenue in New York the morning after this country elected its first black president. I watched from the control room as she reflected on the incredible turning point in our collective history.
The most poignant part of the interview on The Early Show came toward the end, when host Harry Smith asked her to share one of her most famous poems, “Still I Rise.” She began to speak, and what resulted was a work of art:
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ...