SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of world-renowned poet, author and performer Maya Angelou:
“Maya Angelou was a towering figure of the arts who has inspired generations of people across the globe. Her life, talent and accomplishments read like an epic novel, and yet her works touch the mind and soul like few in our nation’s history.
“Maya’s example of overcoming almost unimaginable pain and silence to produce masterpieces that will live forever is a shining beacon for all. As she said, ‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.’
“Thank you, Maya, for throwing us something back. I join people across Illinois today in remembering Maya Angelou’s life and work, and extend our condolences to her family, friends and millions of admirers.”