Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou would have turned 90 today and Google’s latest logo paid tribute to her. Angelou is the author of over 30 books and the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees, mostly known for her autobiography “The Caged Bird Sings” and poem "Still I Rise." She became one of the most creative and influential voices of the 20th century and was the first poet since Robert Frost in 1961 to recite a verse of her poem at a U.S. presidential inauguration in 1992 when Bill Clinton was sworn in.
Aside from her written work, Angelou played an intricate part in the fight to achieve racial and gender equality in the U.S. After being sexually assaulted as a child, Angelou turned her traumatic experience into positive change as she vowed to devote herself to literature, which helped her rediscover her very powerful voice.
Angelou became a huge civil rights, women's rights and gender equality activist. She helped Martin Luther King Jr. organize the Cabaret For Freedom concert in 1960 to raise funds for his Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was San Francisco's first black female streetcar conductor. She made a strong cultural impact on society as her activism empowered women and African-Americans around the world.
Angelou passed away in May of 2014, but not without leaving a legacy behind. She reminds us that we're all human, all equal and should treat everyone with respect and dignity.
"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,” Angelou famously once said.