Author(s): Maya Angelou
He was a son of Africa who became father to a nation and, for billions of people around the world, a beacon of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of opposition. Now, acclaimed poet Maya Angelou honors the life and remarkable soul of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel laureate. In "His Day is Done, " Angelou delivers an authentically heartfelt and elegant tribute to Mandela, who stood as David to the mighty Goliath of Apartheid and who, after twenty-seven years of unjust imprisonment on the notorious Robben Island, emerged with "His stupendous heart intact / His gargantuan will / Hale and hearty" to lead his people into a new era. This poignant work of gratitude and remembrance offers condolences to the resilient people of South Africa on the loss of their beloved "Madiba" and celebrates a man like no other, whose life and work changed the world. Praise for "His Day Is Done"" " "Moving and heartfelt."--"The Washington Post"" " "A powerful, gripping tribute."--"NewsOne"" " "["His Day Is Done "captures] how many were feeling."--"BBC News"
"Moving and heartfelt."--The Washington Post "A powerful, gripping tribute."--NewsOne "[His Day Is Done captures] how many were feeling."--BBC News "Moving and heartfelt."--"The Washington Post"" " "A powerful, gripping tribute."--"NewsOne"" " "["His Day Is Done "captures] how many were feeling."--"BBC News"
Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then went to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, " she has also written five poetry collections, including "I Shall Not Be Moved" and "Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?, " two cookbooks, and the celebrated poems "On the Pulse of Morning," read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton, and "A Brave and Startling Truth," written at the request of the United Nations and read at its fiftieth anniversary. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.