“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.”
Dr Maya Angelou
I first read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in one day after I found it in the library when I was in the 6th grade.
I was fascinated. I was inspired. I was hooked.
It was my first introduction into writing by a woman. No, by a black woman, or someone who looked like me.
Before her book, I had no idea that books existed about people who looked like me, written by people who looked like me.
I went through EVERY book she had written by the end of the school year.
I read every poem. I listened every time she spoke.
And the highlight of my 11th grade year was hearing her read On the Pulse of Morning IN PERSON at Bill Clinton's Inauguration.
I still get chills when I hear her read her work.
So when I heard she had died this morning, I was heartbroken.
You see, because of her, I realized that I loved to read.
Because of her, I realized that I like to write.
Because of her, I realized the power that words can have.
She was a blessing.
She was my mentor in my head.
She was so so so inspiring.
Her last tweet just a few days ago was one I read at the time and wrote down. One of Dr Maya Angelou's little gems I thought. Because at the time, it was just what I needed to hear.
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) May 23, 2014
RIP DR MAYA ANGELOU. You will forever be missed.