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On the Pulse of Morning Summary & Analysis
by Maya Angelou

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"On the Pulse of Morning" is a poem by American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who wrote and performed it for the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton in January 1993. The poem echoes key points in Clinton's inaugural speech, especially that of America's need to own up to its violent history of genocide, slavery, colonialism, and environmental destruction in order to secure a more peaceful and equitable future. The poem aims to inspire in its audience a sense of unity and responsibility towards other people and the planet.

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