- Maya Angelou mourns longtime friend Nelson Mandela Updated: Dec-06-13 5:49 pm
- Mandela mourned as inspiration in many struggles Updated: Dec-06-13 2:24 pm
- For inaugural poet, a journey home to America Updated: Nov-29-13 9:42 pm
- James McBride wins National Book Award Updated: Nov-20-13 10:43 pm
NEW YORK - Maya Angelou, who first met Nelson Mandela in the early 1960s, praised him as a great man worthy of comparison to another icon she knew, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Nelson Mandela led black South Africans in their struggle to throw off the yoke of white rule and then helped the entire nation heal the wounds of racial division.
MIAMI - The Miami neighborhood where inaugural poet Richard Blanco grew up, in many ways, resembles Cuba his family left behind. Down the street, a man sells avocados from a small table. His favorite bakery, a few blocks north, serves guava pastries and cafe con leche.
NEW YORK - James McBride's The Good Lord Bird," the comic and terrifying adventures of a disguised black child caught up in John Brown's abolitionist crusade, was the winner Wednesday night of the National Book Award for fiction.