) -- Dr. Maya Angelou spoke during the Democratic National Convention at the Fleet Center on July 27, 2004.
Angelou spoke during the second day of the convention.
"In the most private part of the heart of every American lives a burning desire to belong to a great country, to represent a noble-minded country, where the mighty do not always crush the weak, and the dream of democracy is not in the sole possession of the strong," said Angelou during a nearly 10-minute speech.
Political leaders, including then-State Senator Barack Obama, spoke about John Kerry's candidacy for president during the convention.
Dr. Angelou died early Wednesday morning at her home in North Carolina. The 86-year-old survived a harsh childhood to become one of the most influential voices of our time. During her storied career, Angelou was an educator, poet, author, civil rights activist, historian, actress, director, and producer.