15 years later, in 2008, once again, Maya Angelou was honored to be invited to read poetry at the inauguration of US President Barack Obama. This time, however, she politely declined with one reason. Here is the report of poet and journalist Elizabeth Alexander in the New York Times: “When I asked Maya if Maya would come to Washington for the inauguration of the President, she smiled and said, Oh no, honey. I used to be.” I will sit at home, turn on the television, open a bottle of wine, enjoy the soup I have prepared and laugh, and cry, and sing! “.
More than 20 years ago, at the inauguration of President of South Africa, Mr. Nelson Mandela himself read the poem “Still I Rise” by Mrs. Maya Angelou.
In addition, President Barack Obama personally gave Ms. Maya Angelou the First Class US Citizen Medal.