For Immediate Release

May 28, 2014

Contact: DNC Press, 202-863-8148

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou.

“Earlier this year, as I watched Dr. Angelou recite some of her greatest works, it was clear that though her voice was weak, her keen insight and wit were stronger than ever. She exuded the strength of character that has enabled her words and example to buoy the spirit of others in difficult times.

“It was Dr. Angelou who said, ‘The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.’ For decades, Dr. Angelou showed us who she was through literature, teaching, performing arts and activism. Her selflessness and kindness came through in her willingness to share her story and to tell the story of others.

“I know that I express the sentiment of many when I say that Dr. Maya Angelou’s voice and spirit will be greatly missed,  but I am grateful that her words will live on for generations to come.”