A tribute to the late, great Maya Angelou
A rock. A river. A tree.
The great Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.
The American author and poet was a great woman whose work I devoured over the years from autobiographies including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman to her wonderful books of poetry which are all on my bookshelf.
I remember about 20 years ago, a close female friend of mine was feeling down about herself and I sent her a little poetry book by Miss Angelou called Phenomenal Woman and it resonated so deeply with her – and it inspired her.
Miss Angelou, of course, became best known for the awesome poem On Pulse of Morning which she wrote for Bill Clinton’s inauguration.
I love that in 2009, Miss Angelou quietly worked to urge passage of a same-sex marriage bill in New York where she lived. She placed three phone calls to state senators because she believed that allowing same-sex couples to marry is a matter of fairness.
“To love someone takes a lot of courage,” she said in an interview with the New York Times. “So how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sex and the laws say, ‘I forbid you from loving this person’?”
Just last month on her 86th birthday, I posted her memorable delivery of the inaugural poem 21 years ago. Here is is again: