Maya Angelou


“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

Maya Angelou is the inspirational author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She has inspired generations of women, and indeed all walks of people, who have worked to overcome prejudice, discrimination and abuse.

Maya Angelou withdrew inside and was mute for five years, after being raped by her mother’s boyfriend. With a great deal of encouragement from her grandmother, who introduced her to literature, she gradually emerged as a talented artist.

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue
erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

Angelou started acting in 1954, but fell back to her true love, writing, in 1970. Her first autobiographical work became a best seller and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has written seven autobiographies providing insights into the development of black women in America. She has also published three books of essays, several books of poetry, and a wealth of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years Angelou’s writings have changed society for the better, inspiring greater diversity in both theater and literature.

Maya Angelou has indeed changed the world through her writings and actions. What an amazing woman!

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”

-Jill Roth

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