After 86 years of singing the sweetest of melodies through literature, speech, and music a great American poet passed away peacefully in her North Carolina home on May 28, 2014.
Maya Angelou shared a Heart That Matters. Born on April 4, 1928. Writer of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, a novel that inspired many to leave their own confines. As a waitress, singer, dancer, activist, editor, writer, inaugural poet and more, she showed many how to live life to its greatest edges.
To say she did it all would be incorrect. Maya Angelou is still doing. Her words live to shape freedom and build strength in individuals around the world. Inspiring the small, the fearful and the oppressed to be strong. She stood for the right of humans to be loved by their fellow humans no matter what their differences. She received many honors including Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009, three Grammys and two NCAAP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Non-Fiction.
She said, “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” She taught by not only speaking but by living. In 1942, she became San Francisco’s first female cable car conductor. During a discussion with Oprah Winfrey, Angelou confessed, “I loved the uniforms.” (Time.com). In 1972, she became the first African American woman to have an original screenplay produced as a movie, “Georgia, Georgia”.
“I’m still en route. I don’t know when I know enough. I know I know a lot,” said Maya to Oprah, “but I don’t have it all.”