Maya Angelou photo by Robert Deutsch
Maya Angelou, renowned poet and memoirist whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” broke ground as one of the first autobiographies by a 20th Century black woman to reach a global audience, died 28th May, 2014 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US.
She was 86.
Her death, the cause of which was not immediately known, was confirmed by her longtime literary agent Helen Brann. Brann said Angelou had been frail for some time and had heart problems. Many will remember Angelou, who rose to international acclaim from a poor childhood background in rural (and, at the time racially hostile) Arkansas, as not just a talented writer and poet, but also a phenomenal woman and champion of human dignity and freedom.
President Obama, who bestowed Angelou the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, said in a statement, “Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time — a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman,” adding, “She inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.”
While it might seem shallow to remember anyone by listing her quotes, it’s important not to forget the wisdom and inspiration those who have passed on shared when alive, including the wise words of a prolific writer and activist of Dr. Angelou's standing. Here are fifteen of her most memorable quotes that might, perhaps, serve as inspiration to you and yours in both your personal and professional life:
If you'd like to read more of Angelou's work, the best place to start is with her signature memoir, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." You can also buy the complete collection of her poems in one volume.
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