UN / MAYA ANGELOU

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In an interview at the UN, acclaimed poet, writer and activist Maya Angelou called on all young people to read "and keep your minds open." A recording of her poem "A Brave and Startling Truth" will be screened at "The African Continuum" exhibit which celebrates diversity and recognizes the contributions from people of African descent. UNTV

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DATELINE: 17-18 OCTOBER 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT - UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

17-18 OCTOBER 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, “The African Continuum: Celebrating Diversity, Recognizing Contributions of People of African Descent” exhibit
3. Various shots, Maya Angelou poem at exhibit
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Maya Angelou, Acclaimed Poet, Writer and Activist:
“We, this people, on a small and lonely planet, travelling through casual space, past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns, to a destination where all signs tell us, it is possible and imperative that we learn, a brave and startling truth.”
5. Various shots, map showing African migration to Americas
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Maya Angelou, Acclaimed Poet, Writer and Activist:
“I was also pregnant and I was six foot tall and I was Black back then. And the very idea of me going into the United Nations made me tremble. I used to cry. I would go down where they gathered and I watched Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt with her friend, the Black educator, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. I would watch women in Asian dress and women in all sorts of clothing and I just wept copiously. And then 50 years after that, I was asked not only to write a piece but to write it for the United Nations.”
7. Various shots, civil rights photo at exhibit
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Maya Angelou, Acclaimed Poet, Writer and Activist:
“I had the pleasure and the great honour to be the Northern Representative of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King. And Malcolm X asked me to come and help him to form what he called the Organization of African American Unity and I came back home from Africa to do so. And he was killed the third day I was home. But everybody has influenced me, the good ones and the bad ones, the bad ones I’m going to make sure you are not going to be around for a long time. I’m working to your downfall and the good ones, the same thing, I working for your uprising. I’m hoping and praying that the good will win.”
9. Various shots, exhibit
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Maya Angelou, Acclaimed Poet, Writer and Activist:
“Sometimes parents, grandparents, people in your village, in your city and your church, in your synagogue and your temple and your mosque can tell you what they know but sometimes that’s not the only truth. And I would like to ask all the young people read dears and keep your minds open, please read.”
11. Zoom out, exhibit

STORYLINE:

Acclaimed poet, writer and activist Maya Angelou called on all young people to read “and keep your minds open.”

Angelou was at United Nations (UN) headquarters Monday (17 Oct) to record her poem “A Brave and Startling Truth” which will be screened at an exhibit entitled “The African Continuum: Celebrating Diversity, Recognizing Contributions of People of African Descent.”

In an interview, she talked about the first time she saw the UN when she was 16 years old. “The very idea of me going into the United Nations made me tremble. I used to cry. I would go down where they gathered and I watched Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt with her friend, the black educator, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune,” she added.

Angelou was born on 4 April 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri and over the years had lived in various parts of the world from Egypt to Ghana. She became a prominent figure in the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1960s when she worked closely with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

“Everybody has influenced me, the good ones and the bad ones, the bad ones I’m going to make sure you are not going to be around for a long time. I’m working to your downfall and the good ones, the same thing, I working for your uprising. I’m hoping and praying that the good will win,” she said.

Angelou wrote her poem “A Brave and Startling Truth” 16 years ago for the UN 50th Anniversary celebrations. Her poem will resurface at the UN when the exhibit opens at the UN headquarters on Wednesday.

The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent in recognition of their rich contributions to the global society.
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