For which president’s inauguration did Maya Angelou write “On the Pulse of Morning?” – 2017

For which president’s inauguration did Maya Angelou write “On the Pulse of Morning?”



Bill Clinton

Maya Angelou wrote this poem to celebrate President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.




She also read it aloud during the ceremony, shortly after he took the oath of office. Angelou, a Clinton supporter, sought to capture the entire arc of American history in her poem as a way to promote an optimistic view of the country’s future and heal what she saw as a divided nation. Sources: The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic.




William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. “On the Pulse of Morning” is a poem by writer and poet Maya Angelou that she read at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993

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