I can be changed by what happens to me. I refuse to be reduced by it
Today We lost of of the greatest poets and Authors at the young age of 86. Maya Angelou was born on April 4th 1920 in St louis. Angelou was an African-American who experinced racial prejudices and discrimination. As a young child Angelou was traumatized after being sexually assulted by a family member. This lead to her being Mute for years. Maya Became a young mother at the age of 16.
In the mid 50’s Angelou’s career took off when she started in several Off-Broadway plays. In the 1960’s she spent most of her time abroad living in Egypt and then Ghana. Where she was an editor and freelance writer. I n1969 she wrote a memoir about her childhood ” I know why the caged bird sings”. It was the first non fiction best seller by an African-American woman. Maya went on to do more work and became an international star. She has had a great and amazing career and has been a voice for many.
For me Maya Angelou is the voice, the strength and the love. For me she has thought me the meaning of having a voice and using it for all the right reasons. Whether to help yourself or to help others. I studied psychology in college and love the mind and the power it has over us good or bad. I express myself in words and in my writing as well which is one of the reasons I started blogging.. after being mistreated i knew I had to share my story. we all have a story and mine will be heard soon. No matter what your circumstances Maya Angelou is proof that anything can be overcome with the power and willing to survive not just exist. Thank mrs. Angelou for all you have taught me and millions all over the world. Your legacy lives on.