The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


June 1, 2014

Urban League upholds the spirit of Angelou’s tribute

- — A few years ago I had an opportunity to see the late Dr. Maya Angelou in person at the 100th anniversary of the National Urban League when she shared the stage with rapper/actor Common.

During the celebration she wrote a centennial commemorative poem entitled “WE HEAR YOU” that she and Common performed to a standing-room audience.

Her voice and the words of the poem quieted all in attendance as it resonated throughout the convention center. The poem spoke about the people who were downtrodden and mistreated for being of a different color and background and how the Urban League rose to help those who knocked on the door.

It spoke to the fact that the voices crying out for help came from different countries different lands and different communities.

She concluded her poem by saying the Urban League is the voice that will continue to wipe your tears, listen, and speak for you, We Hear You. I write in that same spirit that no matter the situation or obstacle one will face we hear you.

The Shenango Valley Urban League’s work in this community centers on doing our best for everyone. All of us are different and face different issues during the course of our day.

It’s comforting to know that when life’s issues overwhelm us and we need an ear to listen to a problem someone at the Urban League or in our community can say in a bold voice, we hear you. May the spirit of hope and love abide with us all.

“View from My Window” is an occasional column featuring a minority perspective from Michael Wright, executive director of the Urban League of the Shenango Valley.

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