I would just like to take a moment to honor one of the greatest women of our time: Maya Angelou.
I was first introduced to “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in high school. The images of her traveling by train with her brother as still as vivid today as they were when I first read the story.
I started reading her poetry when I was about 18 and still re-read her poems today. She is not only a refined writer, but she is also a woman who used her talents to bring change–for the better that is.
Though many of her poems focus on her race, they tell the truth about any person who has had to struggle in a racially and ethnically challenged environment.
As a woman, her poetry speaks to my desire for complete equality, but not at the expense of destroying men as many modern feminists preach.
She was (and always will be) a woman of grace, a woman of morals, and a woman of peace.
Thank you Ms. Angelou for the many years of work, service, and love that you brought to the world.