Sister Friend: Dr. Maya Angelou

What can I say about the most critically acclaimed African-American female voice of our time?

The woman who has touched so many sisters with her words, and graced so many venues with her divine aura.

The woman who took her brunt with racial discrimination, sexual abuse, and economic hardship, and turned it into a series of award-winning novels that has translated messages of hope, faith and perseverance for others to be inspired by.

She is a beautiful living legend we are happy to honor during National Poetry Month: Dr. Maya Angelou.

At the sensational age of 83, Dr. Maya Angelou is still a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.

She has traveled the world sharing her talent with all walks of life, whether it was through dance as a member of the production of Porgy and Bess(1954-55), as an editor for a weekly publication in Cairo, Egypt (!960), as a professor at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama (196o), or as trailblazer alongside Dr. Martin Luther King in the U.S.

Dr. Maya Angelou has a list of published verse, non-fiction, and fiction works that totals more than 30 bestselling titles.

She is a Grammy-award winning artist that has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received over 30 honorary degrees.

What more can I say?

As a fellow poet, Maya Angelou is hands-down my biggest influence in writing. From a young child, her work was placed in front of me, and I fell in love.

Still, she continues to be a creative force, encouraging self-freedom and awakening our consciousness.

Dr. Maya Angelou, you are a Phenomenal Woman I aspire to be like one day.

Thank you for your contribution to the world.

Spread Love. Live life. Be Inspired.


  1. Anonymous said...:

    An amazing woman!

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