Open Letter to the Lancaster Newspaper in PA on Maya Angelou’s Death

Open Letter to the Lancaster Newspaper in PA on Maya Angelou's Death

I went to the local Turkey HIll today hoping to purchase a newspaper highlighting Maya Angelou’s death or at the very least a literary work in celebration of her iconic contribution to humanity. Given the weather today and being in somewhat of a hurry I searched haphazardly looking first to the front page of my local newspaper for an article, a blurb, or something about her and nothing. So on my quest I searched a variety of newspapers and happened upon a beautiful front page article by USA today who had done an honorable job highlighting her life. Can someone in Lancaster Pa please help me understand why Maya Angelou’s death didn’t make front page news here? And perhaps I’m over reacting, but I don’t understand how this can happen in 2014 when other icons who’ve passed on have been honorably mentioned on the front page, for example Mickey Rooney who died back in April. I mean she was an internationally respected, African American author and poet, publisher of seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than 50 years. Respectfully, I would like help understanding why she didn’t make front page news? And more curiously if she is mentioned at all in your carbon copy publication aside from the online publication? As a woman of color, deeply affected by her death, and an avid support of the Lancaster Newspaper I need help understanding this. -Gracie

2 thoughts on “Open Letter to the Lancaster Newspaper in PA on Maya Angelou’s Death

  1. Response: Gracie:

    We ran a teaser to stories on Angelou’s death on page A1 Thursday, in the left column that tells what’s inside our newspaper. We had a 2-page spread on her in the A section, including 2 stories and 3 pictures.

    As for why her story wasn’t on page 1: We made the decision several years ago that we are a decidedly local newspaper, and we rarely run non-local stories on A1. Important national and world stories usually appear on A2 or A3, or in a case like this with the death of an important figure like Angelou, we devoted 2 pages to her, pages A6 and A7.

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    Randy Montgomery

    News Editor

    481-6001

    rmontgomery@lnpnews.com

    *I take full responsibility for perhaps overreacting and not having all of the context. My hope was for more visibility-that I wouldn’t have to search so hard to find, or to find info about her elsewhere. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I do believe Mickey Rooney made front page here? I’m pleased that she was acknowledged on a local level. And I’m forever grateful to the voice that the creative has given me to speak up. I’m learning to use it so well. I’m thankful that they were able to hear my voice and be accountable to it. In the spirit of Mama Lou this morning.

  2. Randy,

    I take full responsibility for perhaps overreacting and for not having all of the context. My hope was for more visibility-that I wouldn’t have to search so hard to find, or be forced to find info about her elsewhere. Thank you for clarifying where I can find future articles like this. I’m pleased that she was acknowledged on a local level.

    In solidarity,
    Gracie

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