Dr. Maya Angelou was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. I grew reading her books and quoting her in many of my writing and just recently used several of her quotes in my book Letters to Our Sons. She has inspired me with her quotes to keep pushing toward what I know I have been called to do. I want to leave my footprint in my sphere of influence with the same determination Dr. Mayo put into every thing she touched. She has impacted people around the world to live a better life by just sharing powerful words. She has truly inspired me to LIVE MY BEST LIFE
Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. MAYA ANGELOU
You ask What Did She Do? Well, Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Mo. Angelou attended high school in San Francisco, and studied dance and drama. At the age of 14, she dropped out of school and became the city's first African-American, female street car conductor. She later graduated and gave birth to her son, Guy.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou
In 1954 and 1955, Angelou toured Europe with the opera production Porgy and Bess. In 1960, Angelou moved to Cairo, Egypt, to become the editor of an English-language weekly newspaper. The following year, she moved to Ghana and taught at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama. Angelou read and studied voraciously, mastering several languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti.
Honors and Awards
In 2000, Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Arts and, in 2008, the Lincoln Medal. In 2010, President Obama awarded Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Angelou has also won three Grammy Awards for her spoken-word albums.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
We have to make sure generations to come hear and read about the legacy and great work of Dr Maya Angelou. We all have a part to play in making sure it happens.
DR. MAYA ANGELOU THANK YOU FOR IMPACTING MY LIFE AND THE LIVES OF MANY OTHERS.
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and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and
public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our
society, a life free of violence and fear." Nelson Mandela
As people across the world speak out and protest about
the over 200 young girls kidnapped in Nigeria, it made be begin to ask
myself“How did we get to a place that
we don’t value the lives of our children”? I believe a lot of this is due to
selfishness and being only concerned about our-selves and expecting children to
fend for themselves.
TIME FOR US TO PRAY
When I see 7-12
year olds with mobile phones, dressing like adults, disrespecting adults in the
USA, It just confirms to me that we have removed ourselves as parents from the
important role of raising our children.We are allowing our children to grow up too fast and those that have no
regard for life or our children feel that it gives them the liberty to do what
they like with them.
We have to
get back to allowing children to be children and parents to do their role of parenting. Yes, it is hard but children will not make it without it. Adults have to make sure children
are being protected.As I write this
blog I started singing a chorus in Yolanda Adams song What About the
What about the children
To ignore is so easy
So many innocent children will choose the wrong way
So what about the children
Remember when we were children
And if not for those who loved us and who cared enough to show us
Where would we be today...
What about the children they need our help today
And what about the children they need us
more than ever more than ever more than ever
what about the children where would we be today
What about the children
Don't worry that
children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
than the way in which it treats its children."