Wrier Maya Angelou, 1928-2014, possibly best known for her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” was an American poet, singer, and memoirist. After a tumultuous childhood she appeared in Porgy and Bess, learned the language of every country she visited, and received over 30 honorary degrees from universities all over the world.
Active in the American Civil Rights movement, she was a friend of James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X , and Oprah Winfrey.
Wikipedia quotes the Guardian writer Gary Younge in 2009: “To know her life story is to simultaneously wonder what on earth you have been doing with your own life and feel glad that you didn’t have to go through half the things she has.”
We often meet more people than usual during the holiday season. These occasions bring to mind one of Maya Angelou’s notable quotes:
“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.”