The Caged Bird Sang - and Flew Free. Farewell Maya Angelou.

I just learned that Maya Angelou died this morning, at the age of 86.

Her legacy is long.

  • Teacher. 
  • Poet. 
  • Author. 
  • A survivor of childhood violence. 
  • An activist, and an advocate for tolerance and peace.
  • A silenced child, whose adult voice was both eloquent and unforgettable.
  • A writer of words that have been quoted and read by many. 

I never had the privilege of meeting Ms. Angelou, but many of us know all of the above about her.  I'm sure those who were her friends and family would make this list of accolades much longer.

According to CBS News, during a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the White House in 2005, Maya read one of her poems that included these words: 


  • “Rising high, high above me...a constant call up from misery, leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise into daybreak miraculously clear. I still rise.”


Rise Maya Rise.

You have left our world a better place. Thank you for your fine words and the role model you have been.  We will miss you.


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