Maya Angelou reads a poem at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration that she had been asked to compose for the occasion.
1993 (Jan 20)
At President Bill Clinton's inauguration, renowned Black poet Maya Angelou read the special verse she had been asked to compose for the occasion. (She was the first poet asked to participate in an inauguration since Robert Frost was part of John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.) Entitled "On the Pulse of Morning," her poem reflected the optimism many people felt at the thought of the country's "new beginnings" under a different administration.