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Poet Angelou brought grace, dignity to local visits

Maya Angelou walks with then-acting Skidmore President Phyllis Roth, at a Skidmore College event in March 1993. Skidmore Professor Joanna S. Zangrando is behind them.
Maya Angelou walks with then-acting Skidmore President Phyllis Roth, at a Skidmore College event in March 1993. Skidmore Professor Joanna S. Zangrando is behind them.
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Former poet laureate Maya Angelou, who died Tuesday, spoke at least twice in the Capital Region and left a lasting impression. Those lucky enough to meet her during her visits described her as a compelling, charismatic figure and a force for change. Angelou was a featured speaker at Union College’s Presidential Forum on Diversity lecture series in 2007. Gretchel Hathaway, chief diversity officer for the college, said the event was held in the largest facility ...


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