Maya Angelou Reads Her Poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993)

The footage above fea­tures Maya Angelou recit­ing her poem “On the Pulse of Morn­ing” at Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s Inau­gu­ra­tion. It was record­ed on Jan­u­ary 20, 1993. You can read the text of the poem at The Poet­ry Foun­da­tion. Angelou’s read­ing per­ma­nent­ly lives in our col­lec­tion of 900+ Free Audio Books.

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