Dr. Maya Angelou was 86 years of age when she was found early Wednesday morning (May 28th, 2014) at her Winston-Salem home in North Carolina.
Phenomenal woman—Dr. Angelou was that and so much more. She lived through some of the toughest times in American History. She survived World War II, overcame Jim Crow and marched through the darkness of The Civil-Rights era.
Always endearing and astute Angelou shared her experiences and insight through various art forms. In her earlier stages of life she danced and traveled around the world forming many eternal friendships, including bonds with great philosophers and activists such as James Baldwin and Malcolm X.
Through her various artistic expressions Maya Angelou has touched countless people’s hearts. But the greatest of her gifts has been her ability to impart wisdom through profound poetic and written expressions.
Angelou dedicated much of her life to composing classic American poems, stories and memoirs such as one of her most beautiful and timeless pieces of literature, “I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings.”
Angelou’s works are well recognized and highly regarded around the world. Her literary voice is one that will live on for generations to come, as she has paved the way and left open the door for many to follow in her footsteps.
Dr. Angelou is more than a poet, civil-rights activist, author and professor; she is a true renaissance woman. Not only is she a valiant soul but she remains a symbol of hope.
Her essence is a constant reminder to American-African people that, the fullness and beauty of who they are as human beings is indeed …enough!