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Quote and Person of the day- Maya Angelou

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”⠀

- Maya Angelou⠀

Maya Angelou, born 1928, was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. ⠀

At the age of eight, Angelou was sexually abused and raped by her mother's boyfriend. She told her brother, who told the rest of their family. The man was found guilty but was jailed for only one day. Four days after his release, he was murdered, probably by Angelou's uncles. Angelou became mute for almost five years, believing, as she stated, "I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name. And then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone.” It was during this period of silence when Angelou developed her extraordinary memory, her love for books and literature, and her ability to listen and observe the world around her.⠀

She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, sex worker, nightclub dancer and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonization of Africa. She was an actress, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. ⠀

In the 1960’s, Angelou became close friends with Malcolm X and helped him build a new civil rights organization, however he was assassinated shortly afterward. Devastated and adrift, the next few years saw her move around Hawaii, Los Angeles and New York focusing on her writing and singing career. ⠀

Angelou witnessed the riots in the summer of 1965 and in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. asked Angelou to organize a march. She agreed, but he was assassinated on her 40th birthday. ⠀

In 1968, she wrote her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, bringing her international recognition and acclaim.⠀

Angelou died on the morning of May 28, 2014 at the age 86. ⠀

She said “All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated".

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