12 Quotes to Celebrate Maya Angelou

Renowned poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928. During the course of her life, Angelou has inspired generations through writing and activism 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.

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Dr. Maya Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928 and was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. 

Before she became the artist and activist we know today, she was a single mother working as waitress. Maya had already also been a dancer, calypso singer, streetcar conductor, magazine editor in Cairo, and assistant in Ghana before rising to fame. 

Angelou is not only a renowned poet and writer, but also a dramatist, producer, actress, musician and of course, a dancer.

Angelou joined Malcolm X to help him build his new Organization of African American Unity. Following X's assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked Angelou to serve as Northen Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  

Published in 1970, Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings received international acclaim and enormous popular success.     

Her published verse, non-fiction, and fiction includes more than 30 bestselling titles.

Oprah Winfrey considers Angelou one of her greatest heroes, who helped shape her sense of value through her writing. 

Angelou was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for the 1972 film, "Georgia, Georgia," which she not only wrote but also composed the score.

For a woman who's done almost everything, Angelou moved through the world with an open mind and heart throughout her whole life.

Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but found strength through family, community, and culture.

Taken from Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" from "And Still I Rise."

Thank you Maya Angelou for your incredible body of work, and for inspiring activism. Her keen eye for words has helped so many envision a more beautiful world and a more empowered self.