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Mo Brooks against post office renaming: Maya Angelou a 'Communist sympathizer'

Mo Brooks was among nine who voted no on a measure to rename a NC post office after Maya Angelou. (Source: WAFF) Mo Brooks was among nine who voted no on a measure to rename a NC post office after Maya Angelou. (Source: WAFF)
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A post office in North Carolina will soon be named after Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou.

Nine Republican congressmen voted against the resolution - including Alabama's Mo Brooks.

The U.S. House voted to rename a post office in the Winston-Salem area after Angelou Tuesday. It passed 371 to 9.

Brooks was among the people who voted no.

We reached out to Brooks to explain why he made this decision.

His office sent us this statement.

While Maya Angelou did many good things in her life, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5) did not believe it appropriate to name an American Post Office after a communist sympathizer and thereby honor a person who openly opposed America's interest by supporting Fidel Castro and his regime of civil rights suppression, torture and murder of freedom-loving Cubans.

Voters we spoke with in Huntsville Wednesday do not agree with Brooks' stance.

"I am horrified," said Jean Greenwood. "She [was] such a treasure for the United States. We should be proud to have a post office named after her. We should be proud to have a city named after her."

The post office renaming resolution now goes to the U.S. Senate.

Maya Angelou won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. She died in 2014. Her work is taught in schools across the country.

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