“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.”
Maya Angelou has passed, but her legacy is left intact. This renowned poet, novelist and actress, whose work defied description under a simple label, has touched so many lives and she continues to educate us.
Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: ‘I was here. I may be sold tomorrow. But you know I was here.’
A professor, singer and dancer, Angelou’s work spans several professions. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honour.
Angelou who spent her early years studying dance and drama in San Francisco, dropped out at age 14, but returned to high school to finish her diploma. She gave to her son a few weeks after graduation.
At age 17, Maya waited tables to support her son. She acquired a passion for dance and music and toured Europe in the 1950’s in the opera production “Porgy and Bess”
Her list of accomplishments goes on and on…
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
Rest In Peace Maya Angelou.