The Legendary Dr. Maya Angelou Has Died
It’s with great sadness that we mourn the loss of legendary humanitarian, activist, author, professor, singer, dancer, actress , cable car conductor, director and mother Maya Angelou. From CNN:
Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up between St. Louis and the then-racially-segregated Stamps, Arkansas.
The famous poet got into writing after a childhood tragedy that stunned her into silence for almost a decade. When she was 7, her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him.
“My 7-and-a-half-year-old logic deduced that my voice had killed him, so I stopped speaking for almost six years,” she said.
One of her most famous quotes is:
â€œIâ€™ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.â€
Maya was 86 and was discovered by her housekeeper this morning. Fluent in six languages, Â she heldÂ 50 honorary degrees and was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. I know that age 86 is a nice long life for any of us to live, but I also know the world will be a much less than place without Maya in it. She was such a Â beautiful spirit and her words and actions gave comfort and joy to so many . She was the rainbow in the clouds. Â It’s a very sad day today.
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