Remembering Maya Angelou

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The Wisdom of Maya

“The love of the family, the love of the person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.”

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.”

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story.”

 

The Poets on Maya

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The History of Maya

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson, (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet who has been called “America’s most visible black female autobiographer” by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie.

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