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Maya Angelou's Inaugural Poem: An Inclusion & Diversity Activity

Posted by Lisa Abbott on May 29, 2014

Maya Angelou, who passed away yesterday at age 86, was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. One maya-angelou-clinton-inauguration-poem-mainway to honor her work is to use her poetry to more deeply understand the cultural and historic legacies that perpetuate racial inequity.

45 Minute Inclusion & Diversity Activity:
The Rock, River, and Tree: Deepening Our Understanding of History, Identity, and Culture.

An exercise from World Trust's racial equity learning module Understanding the System of Racial Inequity explores Dr. Angelou's famous poem "On the Pulse of the Morning." The poem eloquently and boldly names America’s multicultural ‘rocks, rivers, and trees.’

  • Participants watch a video of Dr. Angelou reciting the poem at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993.   
  • Participants share their own ‘rocks, rivers, and trees’ in an effort to understand how the System of Inequity has been woven throughout history.
  • The exercise is part of a comprehensive module that explains and explores systemic racial inequity using multi-media.

Click here to explore this exercise now:  The Rock, River, and Tree: Deepening Our Understanding of History, Identity, and Culture.

Utilizing the arts for deep learning and community building, World Trust's Racial Equity Learning Modules support educators and facilitators offer racial equity & diversity workshops that help institutions build the capacity to challenge systemic inequity. Learn more.

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Topics: Racial Equity Learning