Dr. Maya Angelou wrote Letter to My Daughter one of many books filled with inspiration love and hope. She made her transition today at the age of 86. Interesting Dr. Angelou did not physically have a daughter yet she was a mother to many women. Her interviews with women were filled with the love a mother would share with a daughter including Oprah Winfrey. Oprah often shared how she considered Dr. Angelou her mother and they shared that love on possibly their last public talk. She was a Worldly mother with a wisdom beyond her years that she shared gracefully with all her daughters. She taught the virtue of looking within. In a quote from that Letters to My Daughter she wrote:
“I am convinced that most people do not grow up. We find parking spaces and honor our credit cards. We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are still innocent and shy as magnolias.
We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
Dr. Angelou wrote seven autobiographies and many poems as she evolved in this lifetime. Her works included the book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, a story of her younger years that was released as a film in 1979. In her earlier years Dr. Angelou was an accomplished calypso singer and her distinct voice will remain recognizable for years to come. She spoke at the inauguration for Dr. Bill Clinton as well as President Barack Obama. She was a Phenomenal Woman(excerpt 1978)
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Recently her health began to fail and her physical heart weakened. The love she shared with the World in prose and poem will live on forever. Dr. Angelou reminded us to never underestimate the meeting of a stranger. She was a native mother from the inner city to the presidential stage she nurtured the soul as she reminded us, And Still I Rise.
Her last tweet was May 23 and it reads:
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.