Angelou speaks at Mother's Day church celebration
WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Writer and poet Maya Angelou says black mothers need to use their strength to win people over with love.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Angelou spoke Sunday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she’s a member. The 84-year-old Angelou encouraged all mothers, but especially black mothers, to use love to win over people who degrade them.
About 400 people attended the service, which was part of the church’s celebration of its 123rd anniversary.
Angelou read from some of her poems and led the choir in a song.
Mount Zion pastor Serenus Churn says Angelou was the only person church leaders considered when looking for someone to speak to the congregation on Mother’s Day.