Maya Angelou on Facing Evil*
In 1988 Maya Angelou was invited to Texas for the conference “Facing Evil”. After having “trepidations about this conference” Maya Angelou shares “what we evoke by invoking the word evil”. Later Maya Angelou would often be quoted as saying, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” Listen as Maya Angelou reads poetry her own poetry and the poem We Wear the Masks by Paul Laurence Dunbar and quotes a song written for Roberta Flack.
“We need the courage to create ourselves daily, to be bodacious enough to create ourselves daily– as Christians, as Jews, as Muslims, as thinking, caring, laughing, loving human beings.”
“I think that the courage to confront evil and turn it by dint of will into something applicable to the development of our evolution, individually and collectively, is exciting, honourable.”