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Renaissance woman: Maya Angelou

Renaissance Woman
Renaissance Woman
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The world grieves the loss of Maya Angelou, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86. Her website released a statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s family: ‘Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.” You can read the rest here.

One of the most renowned and international figures was silenced today. May her words live on in the hearts and souls of others. Angelou was born in April of 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was raised in the harsh reality of brutal racial discrimination. At the young ate of 14, she quick school and became the first African-American female cable car conductor.

A young single mother in the 1950’s she turned to her love of stage and toured Europe with a production of “Porgy and Bess” in 1954 and 1955. Her first book was published in 1970 “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. The book received international acclaim.

Still Rise: Maya Angelou 1978

“You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns….”

Her beautiful words have touched hearts and changed people for generations. She will truly be missed. This examiner is thankful that her works will still be around to sooth my soul. Thank you Maya for your beauty and grace.