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Maya Angelou
Tavis Smiley remembers his friend Maya Angelou
Tavis Smiley remembers his friend Maya Angelou

In 1993, Tavis Smiley was an ambitious yet unworldly former aide to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. Maya Angelou was, among other things, a bestselling author and groundbreaking poet who had recently become the first African American and first woman to read at a presidential inauguration. Traveling to Ghana to give an address, Angelou brought along a small group of friends, plus Smiley, whose mutual friend had lined him up to lend a hand. "The first time she met me, she said, with that mellifluous voice of hers, 'And you must be Young Tavis I've heard so much about,'" Smiley recalls. Sun pours through a skylight in his Leimert Park office, where he runs his PBS...

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