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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (/ˈm.ə ˈænəl/ ( listen); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

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These girls wonderfully perform Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman" to spread awareness about powerful black women.

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Maya Angelou was once a calypso singer. Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music blended with both African and European influences. Calypso music was once used by enslaved Africans as a form of communication and bonding when unable to speak to each other.

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Maya Angelou Quote

People will never forget how you make them feel.

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Love is like a virus, it can happen to anyone at any time. Maya Angelou

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Love recognizes no barriers.

"Love recognizes no barriers. Love jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." Maya Angelou

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Trying to be normal – Quote by Maya Angelou

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Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud. ~ Maya Angelou

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Your skin like dawn Mine like musk One paints the beginning of a certain end. The other, the end of a sure beginning.

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Curtains forcing their will against the wind, children sleep, exchanging dreams with seraphim. The city drags itself awake on subway straps; and I, an alarm, awake as a rumor of war, lie stretching into dawn, unasked and unheeded.

Contributed by Alicia Kimberly Hauskins

“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.” ― Maya Angelou

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