With the 57th Presidential Inauguration only hours away, on Sunday night Piers Morgan took the show on the road, hosting a special edition of his primetime program from the nation's capital.
As Barack Obama officially begins his second term in the White House, "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited historical analysts, American icons, and political pundits to share their insight and perspective on the next four years.
With Monday's pomp and circumstance falling on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, nearly 45 years since the civil rights leaders death, Morgan asked Maya Angelou about the significance and timing of the occasion.
"What do you think Martin Luther King may have said to Barack Obama if he was still alive now?" asked the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "What advice do you think he would have given the president for his second and final term of office?"
Pleased with the inquiry, one of America's literary treasures offered this prediction:
"Thank you. Thank you for that question," said the 84-year-old author and poet. "I think Dr. King would have said 'Continue. Be loving and be strong. Be fierce, and be kind. And don't give in and don't give up.'"
Having praised both the late Dr. King, as well as the commander-in-chief, the author behind such famous works as "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and "On the Pulse of Morning" extended some additional kinds words in the direction of the host:
"I thank you so much. I've been wanting to talk to you since you talked to Oprah [Winfrey.] I have wanted to meet you. You are brilliant, you are fine," said Angelou to Morgan. "You too have courage and insight because you are insightful enough to see that she was intelligent and you are courageous enough to say you knew it."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Angelou further shares her thoughts on a trio of praise-worthy men: Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Piers Morgan.
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