“These Yet-to-be-United States”

Is unity achievable amidst great difference?

On June 3, 1990 Maya Angelou’s poem “These Yet-to-be-United States” was published in the Los Angeles Times. In the six stanza masterpiece, not once is America or the United States mentioned. Instead, Angelou refers to the influence and control that implicitly belongs to the United States and questions how the pain, suffering, and cries…