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Originally posted by rickysrose rickysrose wrote:

she will be missed

She shared so much of her wisdom and we needed it ... but we know she still had so much more wisdom to share

May her peace be complete




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Just heard about this.  She will be missed.
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I was just reading about her in O's What I Know for Sure column last night. She said Maya was a great role model for what getting older can be. She taught us so many lessons. What a woman, what a treasure.

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RIP Phenomenal Woman

Maya, gave me words to live by;

“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” 
― Maya Angelou

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” 
― Maya Angelou


“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 
― Maya Angelou

“I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” 
― Maya Angelou

“When you know better you do better.” 
― Maya Angelou

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.” 
― Maya AngelouPhenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
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I'm so in my feelings, I remember reading her poems for the first time and discovering the meaning of rhythm and poetry. I understood what it meant without ever hearing the words spoken aloud. I was a child then and I wanted to write like her when I grew up.
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I meant to post this last month but yall be sure to check out her photo at the Gallery.


Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Unveils Portrait of Maya Angelou!

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This weekend on April 5, 2014 I had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of Dr. Maya Angelou's portrait at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. The painting marks the I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings author's 86th birthday. It was such an amazing experience and she was nothing but the truth. Below are a few photos and videos:

 

Powerful women: Oprah Winfrey and Cicely Tyson took a moment to pose with author Maya Angelou on her 86th birthday on the weekend as her portrait was unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC

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During her travels abroad, Angelou befriended Malcolm X when he visited Ghana in May 1964.
The two wrote to each other frequently upon his return to the United States. 
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20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Maya Angelou


1) Maya Angelou’s actual name was Marguerite Ann Johnson and her brother, Bailey Jr., actually nicknamed her “Maya.”

2) The very regal Ms. Angelou was actually a descendant from the Mende people of Sierra Leone of West Africa.

3) After being sexually abused and raped by her mother’s boyfriend, Freeman, the shock made Maya mute and she and Bailey Jr. were sent to live with her grandmother. Angelou told Bailey what had taken place and he told the family. Freeman was arrested but served only one day in jail for what he did to Angelou. Four days after Freeman’s release, he was found dead — apparently murdered  but it was never proven. There are rumors that Angelou’s uncles sought revenge.

4) The literary icon gives her high school teacher Bertha Flowers credit for helping her to speak again after five years  of silence and for igniting her interest in literature. Angelou once stated that the period of silence actually allowed her to absorb her surroundings more intensely.

5) Angelou was just a teen when she dropped out of  high school.  She wound up securing a job as San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor.

6) After giving high school another try, Angelou got pregnant and graduated a few weeks before giving birth to her only child, Guy.

7) Despite all of the racial taboos of the time, Angelou dared to marry Greek sailor Enistasious”Tosh” Angelos in 1951, but after four years, the union faded into black.

8) When Angelou began her nightclub career as a calypso singer and dancer around San Francisco, she dropped her birth name and took on the name Maya Angelou.  She even met and teamed up with dance legend Alvin Ailey to form the modern dance performing duo of “Al and Rita.”  The pair never hit it big, so they decided to go their separate ways.

9) In 1957, Angelou actually recorded an album, “Miss Calypso.” Two years later, she performed in an off-Broadway review that inspired the film “Calypso Heat Wave,” where she sang and performed her own compositions.

10) In 1959, Angelou met novelist James O. Killens, the spiritual Father of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, who inspired a subsequent generation of African Americans through writings charged with strong social and political messages. Killens, who was the founding chairman of the Harlem Writers Guild,  actually prodded Angelou to pursue writing and join the guild, where she hobnobbed with such luminaries as Paule Marshall, John Henrik Clarke, and Rosa Guy.

11) After hearing civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak at a civil rights gathering, she and Killens organized Cabaret for Freedom to benefit the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  The political move earned Angelou the title of  SCLC’s northern coordinator.

12) Angelou made the decision to relocate to Cairo, Egypt, in 1961, where she took on a job as an associate editor for a weekly English language newspaper.

13) In 1962, Angelou moved to Accra, Ghana, where she wound up living there five years while Guy, a college student, recuperated from a very serious auto accident.  While in Accra, Angelou worked as an administrator at the University of Ghana and freelanced for various publications there.

 

14) The year 1965 brought about turbulent changes as far as civil rights was concerned in the United States and Angelou was front and center.  She met Malcolm X (pictured) while he visited Ghana and decided to accompany him back to the States to help him build his expanding Organization of Afro-American Unity.  Malcolm was murdered not long after Angelou joined him in his civil rights efforts.

 
15) Dr. King called upon Angelou to spearhead a march in 1968, but as fate would have it, he was assassinated on March 4th, the day of her 40th birthday.  Angelou chose not to celebrate her birthday for years after Dr. Kings death as the memories were too painful for her. Instead, on her birthday, Angelou would send flowers every year to King’s widow, Coretta Scott, and recite a birthday prayer for the country.

16) Angelou never went to college, but she preferred that folks outside her intimate circle of friends and family refer to her as “Dr.”

17) Angelou’s writing ritual involved having a yellow legal pad while lying in bed with a bottle of sherry, a thesaurus, the Bible, and playing solitaire when she ran out of steam.
18) Since the 1980s, Angelou has kept extremely busy by participating in the lecture circuit.

19) Angelou’s list of awards are mind-numbing: a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her book of poetry “Just Give Me A Cool Drink Of Water ‘fore I Diiie,”  a nomination for a Tony Award for her role in the 1973 play “Look Away,”  and three Grammys for her spoken word albums. In addition to her many accolades by universities, colleges, literary organizations, government agencies, and special interest groups, Angelou also received the National Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.  Angelou also managed to secure under her belt more than 30 honorary degrees.

 
20) Angelou’s favorite word in the English language was joy.  Whenever she signed her books, — she authored 31 of them, including poetry, children’s books and a cookbook — she added the word “joy“!  Angelou was in awe of all that she had accomplished in her 86 years on this earth and always spoke about the life she led in quiet exclamations.

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