In honor of the Fourth of July, Dr. Angelou talks to callers about their views on independence and what it means to them. "I think that this holiday is probably the least thought of of the holidays we observe in the year," Dr. Angelou says. "Whatever color, our religious loyalties, we are all Americans. As independent people, we have certain inalienable rights. That is really revolutionary."
One caller remembers that, as a young girl, her mother told her to choose what religion she wanted to be. "That enabled me to study all religions and not hold any prejudices or judgments on anyone," she says. "I'm free. I wasn't raised a certain religion, so I don't feel uncomfortable or confused as to what is right and what is wrong. I actually have an advantage, I think."
Another caller says that after returning from months in India, she noticed that her American friends didn't talk about their independence and seemed to take it for granted. "We have a voice here in America," she says. "People are looking toward us, listening to how we live our lives so they can decide if that's how they want to live their lives too."
Other callers talk about living free of prejudices, ancestry, the beauty and spirit of America, the American dream and our human rights. "Whatever you do that enlivens, inspires and uplifts another human being, is done for all human beings," Dr. Angelou says.
Published on July 01, 2008