In Memory of Maya

28 May

Hello SK Fans, in light of the sad news of Maya Angelou’s passing, we are re-posting a tribute we wrote on her birthday last year, April 4, 2013. As you will see here, Maya was an incredible lady who will be dearly missed, but her strength to overcome obstacles continues as an inspiration to us all.

“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

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7 Responses to “In Memory of Maya”

  1. soonie2 May 28, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    such an incredible and brilliant woman, she will be missed.

  2. Carol Jamison May 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    An inspiring life!

  3. onespoiledcat May 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Will miss this shining star…..years ago I had the honor of editing a poetry collection for a publisher and Ms. Angelou contributed a poem for the book. Of course her poem was the first in the book….the book has been out of print for years but I still remember how excited I was to receive a contribution from her. She made her mark and then some in her life; the sky will be brighter tonight because she’s added her star.

    Pam

  4. sued51 May 30, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    She was one of the “GREATS.” What a loss…:-(

  5. LB June 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    So glad you shared the birthday post about Maya from last year. What an incredible woman! I was able to hear her speak a few years ago and I will never forget it.
    Such a loss … an inspiration, and a warrior (her family’s words)

  6. naimavanswol June 3, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    She was an amazing woman!

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