May 29, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou

Yesterday the world lost an amazing American author, poet and activist, Maya Angelou. She was a woman who was an inspiration to many in this country and will continue to be for years to come. As a source of courage and insight into the oppression countless African Americans faced during the Jim Crow era, she became a much-loved and important face in the Civil Rights Movement. 

Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928. Throughout her lifetime she accomplished an incredible amount of work. She published extensively, including seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, in addition to penning various plays, movies and television shows. She received various awards and over 30 honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, the most famous of which is her 1969 book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. You can read more about her life on Wikipedia or on her website.

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Angelou even published a book of contemporary poetry for children, titled Life Doesn't Frighten Me (1993). Read more about this great book in this article from You can even listen to Angelou read the poem herself, which she says she wrote “for all children who whistle in the dark and who refuse to admit that they’re frightened out of their wits”.

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Read her beautiful poem Caged Bird and other works, as well as articles about her writing at You can also read many of her most famous poems at  The website compiled 10 inspiring Maya Angelou quotes that you can read here.Her beautiful words are filled with wisdom and I urge you to take a moment to read her words today and reflect upon the great work she accomplished.

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“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.” Maya Angelou