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Garden Party Celebration For Dr. Maya Angelou's 82nd Birthday

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A new viral video in which the late writer corrected a young girl on how to refer to her has sparked a debate on social media.

Maya Angelou may have passed away in 2014, but she still remains a relevant voice in our culture today.

This became readily apparent when an old clip of Angelou correcting a young girl on how the legendary author should be addressed resurfaced, sparking a trending debate about respect on Twitter.

The interview said to be from 1990 — according to Newsweek — shows a young girl asking Angelou a question about interracial dating. But within the question, the young lady addresses Angelou as “Maya” — and Angelou politely indicated that she wasn’t having it.

“Thank you,” Angelou says in the clip. “And first, I’m Ms. Angelou. I’m not Maya. I’m 62 years old. I’ve lived so long and tried so hard that a young woman like you, or any other, has no license to come up to me and call me by my first name.”

She continues: “That’s first. Also, because at the same time, I’m your mother, I’m your auntie, I’m your teacher, I’m your professor. See?”

The clip gained attention when it was posted by a Twitter user, “Mr. Girth of A Nation” who said he “can’t wait to turn 30 so I can read one of yall for calling me by my first name like this,” he captioned the post.

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