Maya Angelou’s Final Recorded Words

PHOTO: Maya Angelous final recorded speech was captured May 22, 2014 at her home in North Carolina. The video statement was recorded in advance of Major League Baseballs Civil Rights Luncheon.PlayMLB Network
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The author, actress and human rights activist died Wednesday at age 86, leaving a profound impact on the world.

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Her last recorded words were captured a week ago today, May 22, at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. The video statement is set to be delivered Friday at Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Luncheon in Houston. In the statement, Angelou recites a proverbial saying that showcases her vision and poignancy.

“It has been said often that there are none so blind as those who will not see,” she said. “There are people who go through life burdened by ignorance because they refuse to see. When they do not recognize the truth that they belong to their community and their community belongs to them … it is because they refuse to see.”