We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
--Maya Angelou, poet (1928-2014)
(1:4.6) To every spirit being and to every mortal creature in every sphere and on every world of the universe of universes, the Universal Father
reveals all of his gracious and divine self that can be discerned or comprehended by such spirit beings and by such mortal creatures. God is
no respecter of persons, either spiritual or material. The divine presence which any child of the universe enjoys at any given moment is limited
only by the capacity of such a creature to receive and to discern the spirit actualities of the supermaterial world.
(40:10.13) The Father loves each of his sons, and that affection is not less than true, holy, divine, unlimited, eternal, and unique—a love
bestowed upon this son and upon that son, individually, personally, and exclusively. And such a love utterly eclipses all other facts. Sonship
is the supreme relationship of the creature to the Creator.
(64:6.30-35) There are many good and sufficient reasons for the plan of evolving either three or six colored races on the worlds of space. Though
Urantia mortals may not be in a position fully to appreciate all of these reasons, we would call attention to the following:
1. Variety is indispensable to opportunity for the wide functioning of natural selection, differential survival of superior strains.
2. Stronger and better races are to be had from the interbreeding of diverse peoples when these different races are carriers of superior
inheritance factors. And the Urantia races would have benefited by such an early amalgamation provided such a conjoint people could have been
subsequently effectively upstepped by a thoroughgoing admixture with the superior Adamic stock. The attempt to execute such an experiment on
Urantia under present racial conditions would be highly disastrous.
3. Competition is healthfully stimulated by diversification of races.
4. Differences in status of the races and of groups within each race are essential to the development of human tolerance and altruism.
5. Homogeneity of the human race is not desirable until the peoples of an evolving world attain comparatively high levels of spiritual
Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, sex worker, nightclub dancer
and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist
in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonization of Africa. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television
programs. In 1982, she earned the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina. She was active in the Civil Rights movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Beginning in the 1990s, she made
around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse
of Morning" (1993) at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at
President John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.
With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have
been considered a defense of Black culture. Attempts have been made to ban her books from some U.S. libraries, but her works are widely
used in schools and universities worldwide. Angelou's major works have been labeled as autobiographical fiction, but many critics have
characterized them as autobiographies. She made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing,
changing, and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family, and travel.