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Legendary Author Maya Angelou Dies at Age 86

World  (tags: Maya Angelou, deceased, North Carolina, Helen Brann, novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer, activist, poetry )

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Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, said her literary agent, Helen Brann. Maya Angelou was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom.


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Pat B (356)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 9:17 am
Ms. Angelou was a mesmerizing speaker, gifted author and a loving, beautiful woman inside and out. I miss her already. RIP, sweet Soul. Very sad news. Thanks, Sheryl for this.

Terry H (15)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 9:22 am
Very sad news :(

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 9:37 am
thanks. rip.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 10:04 am
RIP Dear Maya. What a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart and soul. Thanks Dandelion

Roger G (148)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 10:55 am
noted, thanks

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 12:41 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks for posting Sheryl.

SuSanne P (193)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 12:41 pm
Thank you dearly Dandelion. I believe it was 1971 or 1972 when our open minded teachers and professors began teaching in our high school (were allowed). I was fortunate to be enrolled in a class entitled Black Studies, which became the most popular class one could wish to take. Students were on a 2 year wait list, when our brilliant professor was terminated. It was much more than Black Studies, as it taught me about racism and civil rights along with environmental truths. Our first required read was Why The Caged Bird Sings, and to this day it is one of my favorite books. Dr. Maya Angelou has been a mentor and hero in my life, as I strive to be as wise, kind, courageous, spiritual and loving as she represents to me. Her accomplishments throughout a tumultuous life are to be revered. I remember when she read her poem while "W" was inaugurated, and as tears streamed down my eyes I hoped people would be so touched they would learn more about her. I don't know if that came to be but I thank Oprah Winfrey for bringing her to the public. Thank you again Dandelion as I was devastated after hearing this this morning. I am not sure if my words are expressing how deeply she has touched my Heart and life. She has. I knew she had been ill for awhile, but it always hurts deeply when we loose someone so dear and who truly cares.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 4:23 pm
Your welcome Susanne. I was heartbroken when you told me and had no problem putting this on for you and for others to view. We lost another great one.

Animae C (507)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 5:04 pm
Her Light shines in our Hearts & will Illuminate all who read her Inspiring words.

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like tear drops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Maya Angelou


Judith Hand (55)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 10:02 pm
Noted, tweeted. She was a fine woman.

Gillian F (8)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 12:57 am
What an amazing "Lady" she was. The world has just lost another incredible human being! Continue to RISE in Heaven Maya.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 2:43 am
Rest in peace Maya. xo

. (0)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 4:28 am


Nancy C (806)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 6:17 am
RIP to a woman who brought inspiration, understanding, peace and a collective voice to those lucky enough to hear or read her words.

Lady Suki (446)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 9:42 am
Tragic. It seems we are losing all th good ones. Thanks for the forward Susanne and thanks Dandelion for posting.

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 9:50 am
Rest now, sweet Maya, this road is over and a new one opens up for you. I will always remember her.

Marija M (25)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 10:47 am
RIP Maya!

Sue L (71)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 10:47 am
What a wonderfully talented woman Maya Angelou was! I am saddened at her passing, yet I rejoice that her words will live on and continue to inspire generations.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 10:52 am
The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
Maya Angelou

Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 11:30 am
I have never heard of her but incidently caught the news on CNN just before going to sleep last night.
Thank you Sheryl. for posting this as a tribute to an obv iously great lady-and thx Susanne for the heads up-
May she rise again in the hearts of all who loved her and whom she loved.

Shaheen N (64)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 11:31 am
RIP Maya Angelou

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 12:29 pm
I did not know of her, but Thanks Susanne for the forward & Dandelion for posting. RIP Maya Angelou, many will remember you.

Patricia Gal (103)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 3:03 pm
I saw the breaking news. I didn't know of her but its nice she be 'honored' for her work.

Animae C (507)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 5:46 pm

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don't believe I'm wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can't use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They've got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I'll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
'Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Maya Angelou



Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Maya Angelou


Janet Jackson from the movie Poetic Justice beautifully reciting both Maya's poems;


Terry King (113)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 6:20 pm
A poet's heart is such a great loss!

. (0)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 7:45 pm
miss angelou will never be silent. i am not trying to be morbid but i have not heard why she died. i sincerly hope she went very peacefully in her sleep.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 8:06 pm
Long illness, she was after all 86, perhaps we don't need to know. But that is the only thing I read, long illness.

Laurie H (818)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 8:41 pm
Words cannot express how sad I felt upon hearing this devastating news. I thank you so very much, dearest Sheryl and SuSanne for bringing this to light for everyone here to see. Not everyone knew of this truly remarkable woman. Just listening to her speak even for a short while, she just captured your full attention and enthralled you with her wisdom, love and deep compassion. Rest in Peace, Maya Angelou~~

Sharon Wardle (103)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 11:00 pm
A truly gifted & inspirational lady ~ a legendary poet, writer, and tireless activist, among many other talents, experienced tremendous accomplishments in her life despite obstacles.

She now leaves behind her story; a powerful legacy for current and future generations to learn from and appreciate ~ RIP Maya Angelou,

Sheila D (194)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 11:02 pm
Sadness at the loss of a great woman whose words will live on in our hearts and in the hearts of future generations. As the saying goes, Gone but not forgotten. Thank you SuSanne for forwarding this and Thank you Dandelion for posting this tribute.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Friday May 30, 2014, 2:32 am
Phenomenal woman. RIP. x

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday May 30, 2014, 3:55 am
Thanks Maya.

Gene J (290)
Friday May 30, 2014, 5:34 am
The Caged Bird finally flies free singing. But that sweet voice will be missed here forever.

SuSanne P (193)
Friday May 30, 2014, 7:12 am
I am pleased to say there are #553 signatures Honoring Ms. Maya Angelou and only around #223-ish when I signed yesterday!

Sheryl G (359)
Friday May 30, 2014, 7:51 am
I see the petition I only wish the person would gather the signatures to send to a family member of Maya Angelou, otherwise these threads are nice tributes, the petition doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Target is C2.

Frances Darcy (92)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 12:30 am
I had never heard of her until she died, but will surely seek out her works....I am not realy a fan of poetry, but the poems written by her which care2 members have posted are so meaningful and discriptive that I am eager to know more.An inspiration by all accounts..

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 5:30 am
Thank you Frances, and she did oh so much more than write poems. She was an advocate, a dancer, singer, a woman that walked beside Martin Luther King, Jr. Yes, do find out more about her, she led quite a life, starting in very humble beginnings.
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