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Every book this woman has ever written has been a life altering experience. She is a pure writer with love at her core. What an American treasure. We are so lucky to have her work living on.
Thank you for everything. Your humanity, warmth and positivity will continue to radiate out. You made a difference.
I love Dr. Maya Angelou’s work. I recommend Letter to my Daughter in the audiobook form to anyone who wants to experience great samples of her writing and voice.
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
– Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
(Dr. Maya Angelou)
I have always adored this quote of hers: “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
What a blessing she has been to us. She was a gift. R.I.P Dr.Angelou. R.I.P.
What a fabulous woman. Perfect. I will miss her grace.
She’s one of those people you wish could live well past 100. 86 is a long life though, and most importantly she was happy. It’s great to know she will rest in peace! An extraordinary woman she was.
Some of my favorite quotes from her (she has many):
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
“I’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.”
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
Legend, icon, hero, genius….just so many superlatives to describe the amazing Dr. Angelou. I knew it was coming but still doesn’t soften the blow. R.I.P. to this amazing woman!!
Dr. Angelou, thank you so much for your work. May the gods and goddesses bless and embrace your spirit and may you rest in peace!
Mrs. Maya, you are a big huge magic! I will never forget you MOM love AdamHomo
Thank you, Dr. Angelou. Wishing you a peaceful journey. XO
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