She walked in beauty like the night, with grace and wisdom and talent. Maya Angelou was all of these things and so much more. When she spoke you knew truth was in her words. The distinctive, mellow tones made you sit up and listen and learn.
Ms. Angelou was asked by President Bill Clinton to read her poem at his inauguration. That is how great was the poem and her voice and her presence. "On the Pulse of Morning" was a worthy poem and the words revealed some of what Bill Clinton stood for. The poem helped to personify this young energetic leader who brought hope to so many, as she closed with these beautiful, hopeful words.
“Here on the pulse of this new day, you may have the grace to look up and out and into your sister’s eyes, into your brother’s face, your country and say simply, very simply, with hope, Good Morning.” This beautiful artist, this magnificent poet, this fierce civil rights leader lived everyday as a woman totally true to herself. Her autobiography "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is in every high school classroom. A tribute to the woman who wrote candidly about racism and sexual abuse.
Ms Angelou’s heavenly recitation of this poem won her a Grammy Award, She would go on to win three for her “Spoken Word performances.
She would write seven autobiographies, three books of essays, poems, plays and film scripts.in five decades working.
Also in her career, she acted on Broadway directed films. She danced with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, and worked with friends on Civil Rights, with men such as Martin Luther King Jr , James Baldwin and Malcolm X.
For a woman who led a tragic childhood where segregation and poverty prevailed she became a great woman with class and dignity. She was exemplary as a role model for all women.
She was married to Tosh Angelos in 1951 and Paul du Feu in 1973, Ms. Angelou had one son, Guy, one grandson, and two great-grandchildren. Her family made a statement which read "“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace,”, “The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”
She is someone who will be missed by the nation.I know I will miss her. She will rest in peace knowing she accomplished all she set out to do and helped so many people in doing so.