Maya Angelou recites On the Pulse of Morning at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton
In 1993, she recited her poem On the Pulse of Morning at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, becoming the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.Since the 1990s, Angelou has actively participated in the lecture circuit.
President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou's reading of her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" was broadcast live around the world.
On the Pulse of Morning is a poem by Maya Angelou. She read it at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993. With her public recitation, Angelou became the second poet in history to read a poem at a presidential inauguration (Robert Frost was the first, at the 1961 inauguration of John F. Kennedy). The public reaction to Angelou’s work was so positive that Random House issued a commemorative edition of the poem one month after its public recitation.  Angelou's audio recording of the poem won the 1994 Grammy Award in the "Best Spoken Word" category.