"Dr. Maya Angelou, she transcends age and time periods. Her spirit will be here forever. What she has contributed to this world will last for good," said Common. "My daughter is studying her in school. So she's already present among that generation."
That generational connection was the theme of the event at The InterContinental Hotel, which included a silent auction, dinner and entertainment.
"The truth is, we make a mistake when we think that generations can be separated. The truth is you need me so that I have shoulders you can stand on, and you need me so that you have shoulders somebody else can stand on. We are one. And to separate us and decide that we'll be polarized is ridiciculous, it's stupid and it's dangerous," said Angelou.