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maya-angelouHer words.

Dr. Angelou’s words and actions continue to stir our souls, energize our bodies, liberate our minds, and heal our hearts. (http://mayaangelou.com/bio/)

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Her life.

She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. (http://mayaangelou.com)



Let’s be her students today.

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’

I love the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.

My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.

I believe that every person is born with talent.

Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery.

I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they’ll do wonders. I count on them.



Photos from Dr. Angelou’s website http://mayaangelou.com. Title quote from video; additional Dr. Angelou quotes from here unless otherwise cited.

GoWhereHipHop Sits Down With Common & Dr. Maya Angelou. Available via Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/22904057. Interview by Jeff Baraka; video by Cam Be and Maks G.

Other What’s Right posts celebrating the contributions of Dr. Angelou: If You Could Spend 30 Minutes with Any Leader or Teacher

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