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Monday, June 16, 2014

Mayor Ed Lee Says He Would Ask Maya Angelou To Be a Muni Driver

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM

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Crowds flocked to Glide Memorial Church to memorialize poet and activist Maya Angelou, who died May 28 at the age of 86.

Around here, Angelou was remembered for being San Francisco's first African American streetcar conductor, a title she earned at the age of 16.

Unsurprisingly, Mayor Ed Lee trotted out that historical tidbit on Sunday, while addressing the congregation. It led him to a strange, rather un-funny joke that later made the rounds on social media.

"If she was still around, I would probably ask her to drive a Muni," Mayor Ed Lee said.

One could see how this comment might be taken as an insult. After all, how many 86 year-old luminaries get asked to drive a Muni bus? A spokeswoman from the mayor's office has yet to elucidate Lee's quote. We did, however, get a retired Muni driver to opine. "I think it's stupid," he said. "If that's what he says about one of the best, most well-known poets in America, what would he say about the Pope?" Twitter users offered their own rejoinders: We'll update with comment from the mayor's office if and when it comes.
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Rachel Swan has been a staff writer at SF Weekly since 2013. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.

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