It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need for my care.  ’Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me - Maya Angelou Poet, Author, Actress, Civil Rights Activist (1928–2014)


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Maya Angelou was a phenomenal woman indeed and the world will be a smaller place without her.  In spite of her painful past and childhood, she rose to heights imagined. But still, like dust, I’ll rise,she said....and did.  I miss already, but I know she's in a place of peace, as she lived a just and righteous life.  I feel I'm a better person to have heard and listened to her many poems and speeches.  There was something captivating about her.

Maya Angelou passed away yesterday morning at home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 86.  To the very end this amazing woman was offering food for thought and encouraging us to love.  Mrs. Angelou's last tweet was posted at 1:43 PM on May 23rd, just 5 days before she died and it read -

"Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God."


Maya Angelou's legacy will be celebrated through the ages and her lasting contributions to literature such as, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" will remain in the fabric of America. One of her very last poems was  "On the Pulse of Morning",  which Mrs. Angelou famously read at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993.  The poem celebrates diversity of all people in America and on that day, she lived those words and made history in more ways than one.  She was the first poet to do a reading at a presidential inauguration, since Robert Frost in 1961.  She was also the first black woman to have such a prominent role.

Maya Angelou's final novel was, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2014, for the very first time the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life, her relationship with her mother.  Like everything she's ever done, it's golden!  Pick it up, as with any of her other great works.