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12 Quotes to Celebrate Maya Angelou

Today MAKERS remembers renowned poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou. Through her writing and activism, Angelou has inspired generations to move boldly in the face of adversity and see the world for its beauty.

And she certainly lived the life she preached. From rising above the racial discrimination she grew up in and collaborating with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., to writing more than 30 bestselling books and being awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts, Angelou boldly moved through this world and has shared some incredible wisdom with the rest of us along the way.

In fact, Oprah Winfrey recalls how Angelou's autobiographical work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was a driving force for realizing her own self value and strength by being able to see a person like herself represented in literature. In the video below, Winfrey speaks on a special piece of advice that Maya gave to her about her legacy.  

Click above to read more inspiring quotes from the legend and learn about her exceptional life. 

Thank you Maya Angelou for your wisdom, faith, and power. You will always be a guiding light and inspiration for people all over the world.