There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you. --Maya Angelou Agony
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Today we remember the incomparable Maya Angelou. She would have been 89 today (4/4/17). Many don’t know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on her 40th birthday birthday in 1968. After his assassination, she refused to celebrate her birthday. Instead she would send flowers to King’s widow, Coretta Scott King.
Ironically before Dr. King’s death, he had asked, Maya Angelou to travel with him and visit churches to raise money for his efforts to support the poor. Angelou agreed, but stated she could not begin until after her birthday. A promise she would never get the chance to fulfill. She was notified of his death while preparing for her birthday party.
Phenomenal Woman has always been one of my favorite poems by Maya Angelou. I first heard the poem when it was recited by Janet Jackson in a 90s movie also featuring, Tupac; Poetic Justice. I fell in love with the words. However, I only got to read my first book by Maya after her death.
I know why the Caged Bird Sings is one of the books in Maya Angelou’s autobiography series. The autobiography tells of a heartbreaking story of Maya and her brother, Bailey who were sent away from home by their parents at an early age. The children traveled alone with tags tied to their wrists written ‘To whom it may concern’. They moved in with their grandma at Swamps in Arkansas. Life in Arkansas was full of ups and downs. There was a lot of tension from the racism engulfing the town at the…
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Very soon we will commemorate another 28 days of Black History. What this means we’ll celebrate the ghost of the greats and the positive achievement accomplished in their lives. Oftentimes, most only talk about a few, as if black people only made limited contributions to America, the world, or the process of human live. When in fact, nearly everything there is came from the original people of the earth, and if it were not for the black woman none of this would be possible. We hardly ever hear about or are taught anything anything black women said or did during the course of human history.
Today’s Thought Provoking Perspective will feature powerful quotes by and spoken by black women taken from an collection by Jessica Ann Mitchell the founder of OurLegaci.com & BlackBloggersConnect.com.
Here are some quotes from legendary Black women writers that can be used as continual tools for learning, growth…
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Maya Angelou was an author that I always knew I should read. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings exceeded every expectation I brought to it. Angelou’s words enveloped me and transported me. I read the book in three days, unable to put it down for too long.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is Angelou’s memoir of her early years—from four to sixteen. She explores issues of race, poverty, segregation, rape, and coming-of-age in the midst of everything. She doesn’t shy away from painful or traumatic experiences, but lifts the veil on things hidden. One of the best lines is at the very beginning: “If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat. It is an unnecessary insult.” Angelou shows us the rust on the razor and lets us feel its edge.
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