Maya Angelou was an acclaimed author, poet, dancer, actress, singer, producer and activist. One of the lessons that we can learn from her life is the importance of saying "Yes". She discovered who she was and along the way by saying yes to various opportunities. "If I'm asked, 'Can you do this?' I think, if I don't do it, it'll be ten years before another black woman is asked to do it. And I say, 'Yes, yes, when do you want it?"
It seemed a telling syncronicity that just a week before Rouhani's visit, the exhibition Portraits: Reflections by Emerging Iranian Artists testified to a key point made by Rouhani in his UN Speech -- that the intransigence of the Iranian mullahs and government toward democratic reform has caused the nation to suffer a severe brain drain to the West.