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May 28, 2014



Richard A. Fowler
Cell: 202/412-7745



AFT's Weingarten on the Passing of Maya Angelou

WASHINGTON— Statement from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the passing of poet, educator and civil rights leader Maya Angelou:

"In Maya Angelou's own words, 'We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.' This sentiment echoes her true spirit; she was a phenomenal woman. We stand in awe of her healing words, her strength to educate and her courage to liberate. Her moral compass still provides direction to our fight for equity and civil rights, and will guide us for as long as we celebrate her legacy."


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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.