Farewell, Maya Angelou!

Maya Angelou, born in 1928, encompassed a whole lot of amazing attributes as a woman. She was an American author, poet, performer, and civil rights activist, best known for portrayals of strong African American women in her writings. Characteristically using a first-person point of view and the rhythms of folk song, she writes of the African American woman’s coming of age, of struggles with discrimination, of the African and West Indian cultural heritage, and of the acceptance of the past. In 1993 Angelou read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton.

Angelou has acted in several television broadcasts, including the miniseries Roots (1977) and the weekly drama Touched by an Angel (which I vividly remember, she was an angel…). She has received many awards and honorary degrees, including Grammy Awards (1994 and 1996) for her recordings of her poetry on the albums On the Pulse of Morning (1993) and Phenomenal Woman (1995). In 1998, Angelou made her directing debut with the release of the motion picture Down in the Delta. The film is about a troubled woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta

Maya’s story and writing served as instruments of empowerment and uplifting to many across the globe and she will continue to be a major source of inspiration to women and men of different colors around the world.

We love you Maya. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

LOL. Guys, I confess to getting the deets from Encarta. No to plagiarism. 😀

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