Rest in Power: Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
Dr. Maya Angelou, one of the greatest voices of our time, a global treasure, and for many, the most awe-inspiring woman on the planet, made her transition this morning. While countless supporters have taken to social media to honor this PHENOMENAL WOMAN, some remain speechless behind the loss of an American icon that (in our minds) was supposed to be with us forever. At 86 years young, Maya Angelou has lived countless lives as a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Her mentee and friend, Oprah Winfrey reminded us on Facebook today that this remarkable lady won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration.
There’s not one Black girl in this country who hasn’t recited her heart-stirring piece, “Phenomenal Woman” or read her most revered book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She’s always seemed to be wise beyond her years and while I never had the honor of meeting her, Dr. Angelou provided me with some of the most powerful wisdom I’ve ever received through unforgettable quotables like:
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
One thing is for sure, Maya Angelou’s wisdom and legacy will live on and on and on. What a beautiful life she led – with purpose. While we’re mourning this significant loss, let’s not forget to celebrate her courageous and spirit-filled existence. Why? Because through it all, Dr. Maya Angelou LIVED.