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How Maya Angelou Found Out About Martin Luther King Jr.‘s Death
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Author, poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, which means that for years after King's death she refused to celebrate her own birthday.

"It was terrible," said Angelou. "I had promised Dr. King I would go back with him for one month and try to raise money for his poor people's march. I said, 'But I can't do it until after my birthday. Because on my birthday I intend to give a party in New York for my sophisticated friends."

Angelou would never get that opportunity.

"I was cooking the dinner for my party when my sister-friend came in and she asked me, had I listened to the radio or television? And she told me that Martin Luther King was dead. 

"Life stopped for me for a few days. It was terrible. I couldn't believe that this great man, this great dream, this great dreamer, this person who dared to love everybody, could be killed."