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Telling a reporter that “We need to say we are still here, that we have grown and survived and done better than that — we have thrived,” she said. Young people, she added, “need to hear that now, in 2012 as much as in 1952.”

Dr. Maya Angelou says you have no way of knowing where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. “The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.” Although she is excited at the progress of African Americans, she worries that some have become increasingly removed from the hard-fought struggles of the Civil Rights Movement and the ancestors who “stood on auction blocks and got up before sunrise and worked in the fields after sunset so you could be alive today.” Young people, she said, “don’t realize that they’ve already been paid for.”

In her special she will be talking to Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, Ambassador Andrew Young, Mary J. Blige shares, Dr. Julianne Malveaux and more. The full schedule, as well as excerpts from the interviews can be found Here.

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