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Farewell Maya Angelou

Updated on May 30, 2014

Maya Angelou

A golden voice is silenced.

Sunset occurred at the age of 86 for woman that was more than an author, civil rights activist, and a poet. She was a woman that moved one's soul and left a lasting impression in your heart.

Wikipedia notes some of Maya Angelou's history and achievements:

African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou has been honored by universities, literary organizations, government agencies, and special interest groups. Her honors include a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her book of poetry Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie, a Tony Award nomination for her role in the 1973 play Look Away, and three Grammys for her spoken albums. Beginning in 1982, Angelou held the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

She served on two presidential committees, for Gerald Ford in 1975 and for Jimmy Carter in 1977. In 2000, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton. In 2010, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., by President Barack Obama.l

Maya's words of wisdom were always clothed in responsibility, accountability, and love.

These words of wisdom remain embedded in our hearts and are as true today as they were when they were first spoken.

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou quotes (American Poet, b.1928)

"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

Maya Angelou

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

Maya Angelou quotes (American Poet, b.1928)

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.

Maya Angelou quotes (American Poet, b.1928)

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.

Maya Angelou quotes (American Poet, b.1928)

Everyone can conclude that Maya lived her life in a way that including loving so many people. Maya Angelou will be missed for being a loving motherly type that tenderly spoke words of wisdom that challenged our thinking and operations.

What the world will miss the most is a woman that could captivate your attention, steal your heart, and make you aware of all circumstances with her eloquent words. Maya's life is a testimony of how one can recover from bad/negative experiences and still fulfill their destiny. Triumph is within the human spirit if one is determined to recover from obstacles and struggles that one would face within a lifetime. Maya did not give up or give in to her childhood trauma (raped as a child) nor did she give up on herself having a hard life as a young single mother. Her love and strength can be drawn on by any person who wants to have better experiences.

We will miss you dearly Maya Angelou. The angels rejoice, we weep, and all who miss you will carry your words of wisdom in their hearts for a lifetime.

Cnn writers reported:

From dropout to Dr. Angelou

Angelou spent her early years studying dance and drama in San Francisco, but dropped out of school at age 14.

When she was 16, Angelou became San Francisco's first female streetcar driver.

Angelou later returned to high school to get her diploma. She gave birth a few weeks after graduation. While the 17-year-old single mother waited tables to support her son, she developed a passion for music and dance, and toured Europe in the mid-1950s in the opera production "Porgy and Bess."

In 1957, she recorded her first album, "Miss Calypso."

In 1958, Angelou become a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and played a queen in "The Blacks," an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet.

"I created myself," Angelou once said. "I have taught myself so much."

Angelou spoke at least six languages and worked as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana.


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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      When I first saw Maya Angelou on the Oprah show I was amazed by the strong words spoken by her. She was like a mother to Oprah and so much like family. A wonderful person and died peacefully. I admired her great wisdom. You have written a beautiful tribute this great soul.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      This was a very nice tribute to Maya Angelou. She really opened herself up in her writings and I think this is what made so many people love her so much.