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Harrisburg residents remember Maya Angelou

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Dr. Felicia Brown-Haywood organized the last appearance of Maya Angelou in Harrisburg.

Brown-Haywood is the director of student affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. She says the atmosphere on November 8, 2013 inside the Forum Building was energetic.

Brown-Haywood recalls a moment with Angelou that she says she will never forget.

"I was bending down to take a picture because Dr. Angelou was in a wheelchair," said Brown-Haywood. "She said, 'Stand up, do not bend down for anyone', and I said, 'Yes, ma'am.' "

Dionn Renee is a Harrisburg native and artist. She attended the event at the Forum. Renee approached Angelou's tour bus later that evening to give her idol a painting of her likeness that she created.

Angelou's assistant asked Renee to mail it, and a few months later she received a call.

"They said Dr. Angelou received the painting and loved it," Renee said. "She requested to have it in her office in North Carolina."

Renee says she hopes Angelou's family will keep the painting and place it in a location where others can see it.

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