My two cents: Oprah’s eulogy was powerful, but understandably restrained.
FLOTUS’ was beautifully crafted.
I wanted Cicely Tyson to keep going.
As former President Bill Clinton said, she lived so many lifetimes that all the speakers could show up and talk about just a part of her life. Unfortunately, virtually nothing of the political Maya was mentioned, other than a brief mention of the Harlem Writer’s Guild, her work in Ghana, and knowing Malcolm X. And most of that was done by Clinton, not the Black speakers! LOL!
Below is from “Democracy Now!”:
SONIA SANCHEZ: It’s going being her sister, Amy, and you are right, it is a very sad occasion, but anytime I can hear and see her perform, you know that she will live forever. I first met Sister Maya in the 1960’s. That was period when we were all gathering together to change the world. I saw her on a couple of occasions at affairs where we all read our poetry. I most especially remember her in the play “The Blacks.” She came out in her tall, six feet majesty, and you were just stricken by her, by her beauty and by her grace. And I still have in my memory, when Lumumba was killed, Louise Meriwether and Sister Maya, climbing, going over the walls there at the U.N. They were protesting. To have seen that, you stood there in awe.
AMY GOODMAN: The first president of the Congo.
SONIA SANCHEZ: Yes, Lumumba.
AMY GOODMAN: The democratically elected president of the Congo.
SONIA SANCHEZ: It was an amazing moment to see the resistance that they were doing there in New York City at the U.N.