- U.S. Senator Mark Pryor - "My prayers go out the family, friends, and loved ones of Dr. Maya Angelou. An Arkansas native, Dr. Angelou’s childhood in Stamps helped shape her outlook on life, as well as her future music, literature, and poetry. Our state and nation will be forever grateful for her courage, talent, and impact on our world."
- Gov. Mike Beebe - "Maya Angelou will always remain an Arkansas and American treasure. She drew from a troubled and painful childhood to write books and poems that have inspired countless others. From Stamps, Arkansas, to the steps of the U.S. Capitol for President Clinton's inauguration, Maya Angelou showed how strength, determination and honesty can take us all to the heights of greatness."
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