Happy Birthday Maya Angelou!

4 Apr

“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

Maya Angelou, graceful and beautiful

Maya Angelou, graceful and beautiful

This uber-talented woman turns 85 today, and if you think some of the gals highlighted here accomplished a lot, check out this list, keeping in mind, that Maya is still plugging away so … stay tuned.

In 85 short years, Maya Angelou …

  • Has written 30 New York Times Bestsellers. (The autobiographical ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ holds the record for a paperback remaining on the NYT Bestseller list, 2 years.)

  • Became the first African American woman to have a screenplay produced, Incidentally that screenplay was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize

  • Has won three Grammy Awards

  • Has been nominated for a Tony Award

  • Has 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world

  • Has written a cookbook

  • learned to be fluent in seven languages

  • Held a teaching position at University of Ghana

  • Holds a teaching position at Wake Forest University

  • Gave birth at age 16, and subsequently overturned the stereotype that a black, teenaged, unwed mother is a drain on society.

  • Survived being a child rape victim

  • Was raised in the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South

  • Became a civil rights activist

  • Assisted Malcolm X in the Organization of African American Unity. She was devastated when he was assassinated.

  • Worked with Martin Luther King , until his assassination

  • Wrote the poem “On the Pulse of Morning” for President Clinton’s first inauguration

  • Continues to inspire millions around the world with her wisdom

  • Has proven goals can be reached despite the height of the hurdles in the way.


3 Responses to “Happy Birthday Maya Angelou!”

  1. Carol Jamison April 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Awesome, Miss Alcatt!

    • louisamayalcatt April 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      thanks, you need to update your image lady, you’re much prettier than this little pink square indicates, xo Louisa


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