A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer,
it songs because it has a song " - I know why the caged bird sing
Maya angelou is one of those figures in our life, who are so strongly associated with spreading the word of peace, love and equality that she is almost ready for sainthood while still with us.
A dancer, a choreographer, a writer, a poet, an editor, a playwright, an actor, a social change agent and somebody who knows a thing or two about life. An American shero.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Angelou is known these days for her poetry , and she is a good poet. Not a great poet, but a good one, which is completely irrelevant as the blessed effect she has on this world is only partially related to her poetry, and much more to who she is, who she has become, and who she shows everybody they can be.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass. "
When I did the research for this article I found a lot of video readings of her poems. And there are a lot of them, as she is indeed a very popular figure in America and well known in the rest of the world.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Most of the videos were nice, not more, but the ones of her reading her own poems? These were magic. And it wasn’t just the fact she knows how they should be read, no, it was her presence, her personality, her inner strength that comes pouring out every time she opens her mouth, infecting everyone around her with this optimistic struggle to better everything, everyone.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning."
Angelou was called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" which is a suitable title, and I don’t think she would prefer it to be 'afro-American' as she is coming from a 'black' background. Long before there was any politically correct euphemisms to hide the racism in America and the rest of the world. She comes from a place where being called black was degrading to where calling yourself black is empowering. And she did the same thing with the word 'female'
There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.”
That for me is the greatness of a person, of a poet, of a writer, of a thinker. Taking words and changing their meaning, improving it, making it something good instead of a Burdon, a prize instead of a punishment.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. "
Angelou was a pioneer in the modern dance field, which sounds very logical to me, exploring different aspects of human creativity and expression, and her journeys in between the American and African culture gave her a multi dimensional understanding and consciousness that brought so much more value to the American culture then she would have ever expected.
We do have to remember our heroes and sheroes. And Maya Angelou is definitely one.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."