Encyclopedia of Arkansas
Arkansas-born poet and Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou,
who died in May 2014,
was no stranger to controversy in life, often fighting for issues from women's rights to literacy. It would be interesting, however, to hear what she'd have to say about the nine Republican Congressmen who took to their ideological soapboxes to place symbolic votes against naming a U.S. Post Office in Winston-Salem, N.C. in her honor.
Post Office naming is a fairly rubber-stamp process that usually finds a rare consensus in Congress. But it was Angelou's support of Fidel Castro that was apparently the burr under the saddle of the Great Teapublican Eagle of Freedom™
The Maya Angelou post office will happen, however, as the bill passed with 371 votes.
The nine who voted against naming a Post Office after Angelou were Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Ken Buck of Colorado, Michael Burgess of Texas, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, Andy Harris of Maryland, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Alex Mooney of West Virginia, and Steven Palazzo of Mississippi. Rep. Don Young of Alaska voted present.
A spokesperson for Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks told NBC News: "While Maya Angelou did many good things in her life, Congressman Mo Brooks did not believe it appropriate to name an American Post Office after a communist sympathizer and thereby honor a person who openly opposed America's interest by supporting Fidel Castro and his regime of civil rights suppression, torture and murder of freedom-loving Cubans."
While stupid is as stupid does, this is another opportunity for us to direct you to a letter Angelou wrote to the Fayetteville Public Library
to apologize for not being able to make an event there in April 2014 because, as she mentions in the letter, she was in the hospital. It's clearly one of the most beautiful letters of apology ever written
and even more moving now.