Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou died this morning at the age of 86, but girl, did she live a full life. The way that Dr. Angelou's life overflowed with incredible achievements and wisdom is not just admired by all, but her unwavering dedication to helping others will forever be appreciated. As will her perseverance during the toughest of times. Angelou's long and honorable journey devoted to social justice through activism, education, and the arts is an inspiration to all.
Despite having lived in segregated Arkansas, witnessed domestic violence in her childhood home, and worked as a single mother at the age of 17, Angelou never gave up. With an unfaltering commitment to her passions, she leaped over these obstacles only to lead an incredibly fulfilling life.
During a career that spanned over fifty years, Angelou published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and a number of books of poetry. She is also credited with a sprawling list of plays, films, and television shows.
Angelou's courage and ambition is not just an inspiration to everyone everywhere, but she especially proves that women are unstoppable.
ALSO, if you can even take anymore awesomeness, Angelou's friend list is comprised of some of the coolest people of all time. (Here are just a few)
- James Baldwin
- Malcolm X
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Oprah Winfrey
- Rosa Guy
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou
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