Remembering Maya Angelou
Though I did not get around to posting yesterday, I wanted to remark on the passing of Maya Angelou, even if it is slightly belated. I was driving in the car on my way to work when the radio announcer commented that she had passed. So many beautiful articles have been written on her in the last twenty four hours that I would not even try to rival, but I will never forget the first time I heard her poem, “Phenomenal Woman”, read aloud by my best friend in a creative writing class. It was a powerful expression of what it meant to be a woman, at a time when as a young teen, I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. The feeling that I had when I found out she had passed was similar to when I heard that Nora Ephron died two years ago, a sadness that a great light in the world had gone out, and that our culture would now be missing the inspiring ideas of a brilliant mind.
I was shocked to discover the few people that I talked to yesterday who had no idea of Maya Angelou’s great impact on the world. Dr.Angelou was a poet, author, activist, and so much more. She was a giant. I just wanted to post a few of my favorite Maya quotes that have left a lasting impression on me.