By Michael P Coleman
There’s a buzz around presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s pick for a running mate. He’s rumored to be preparing an announcement for next week. Biden has pledged to pick a woman, and most believe she will be a dynamic, history-making woman of color.
I’ve an idea for Biden’s perfect running mate: Dr. Maya Angelou. I’ve even got their campaign slogan:
Biden / Angelou — Let’s Do Better
No, I’ve not lapsed into insanity…yet. I know Maya transitioned six years ago. But I am suggesting that whoever Biden picks (and my vote’s on Sen. Kamala Harris), the Democratic ticket has to embody Angelou’s indomitable spirit in order for all of us to cross the finish line on November 3rd.
While Angelou’s most famous friend is Oprah Winfrey, and her most popular published work is her seminal 1969 memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, the doctor entered the zeitgeist due to pithy phrases that stuck with readers.
Thanks to Winfrey, we all know Angelou’s “When people show you who they are, believe them.” Over the years and since the doctor’s passing, many have amended her words, adding “…the first time” and other superfluous stuff that Maya didn’t need to make her point.
But while that one could certainly be applied to the Oval Office’s current occupant — we need to believe Trump when he’s spewing hatred and insanity — that’s not the Angelou quote that will lead us to victory this fall.
Read freelance writer MPC’s full column, and hear about the quote of Angelou’s that will lead us out of the darkness this November 3!