Thursday, 29 May 2014

Maya Angelou - what an amazing life and woman

Prolific American author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died at 86.
She was known for her inspiring words that shed light onto the beauty and injustices of the world. She defied labels. She was a walking encyclopedia of careers and passions. She wrote 36 books. She was an actress, director, playwright, composer, singer and dancer. She once worked as a madam in a brothel and as the first female and first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco.

She was best known for her debut memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), which remains widely read in schools. She described being raped at 8 (by her mother's boyfriend) and becoming an unwed mother at 17.

She was friends with Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Oprah Winfrey who hosted grand birthday parties for Angelou.

With her death we lose her immense wisdom. These quotes say a lot about who she was and what she stood for. These are two of my favourites - what a wise woman a real original.

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