Today #GoogleDoodle tributes Dr. Mary Angelou. A poet, actress and civil-rights activist, she has inspired generations through her words and sheer sassiness. In celebration of Maya Angelou on what would have been her 90th birthday today (4 April 2018), I am dedicating this post to a phenomenal woman.
Mary Angelou (1928-2014)
One of my favourite poets of all time – Mary Angelou. Happy Birthday x
Phenomenal Woman – “I’m a woman phenomenally”
Maya Angelou was born in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents split when she was young which resulted in living with her father’s mother together with her brother. Maya was raped by her mother’s boyfriend when she was growing up. When he was found out, he was killed. So traumatised by the experience, she stopped talking.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was her first memoir (1969), which made literary history as the first non-fiction bestseller by an American-African woman. Angelou published several collections of poetry during her lifetime, including her famous Pulitzer-Prize nominated 1971’s collection Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die.
Quotes and life lessons to live by…
I often listen to interviews by Maya Angelou. Inspirational, loving and strong, she passes on her wisdom with such grace and laughter.
In a conversation with Oprah, when she was relating the mistakes that she made when she was in her 20s, Maya told her now that you are in your 30s you do better. Because when you knew better you did better. You don’t have to hold yourself hostage to the person you were. Watch below The Powerful Lesson Maya Angelou Taught Oprah below.
“When you know better, you do better”
Dr. Maya Angelou on Living Your Best Life
An inspiration to women everywhere…
This quote stands the tests of time. It is still as applicable now as it was then.