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Remembering Maya Angelou & MLK

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Today we remember the incomparable Maya Angelou.  She would have been 89 today (4/4/17).  Many don’t know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on her  40th birthday birthday in 1968. After his assassination, she refused to celebrate her birthday.  Instead she would send flowers to King’s widow, Coretta Scott King. 

Ironically before Dr. King’s death, he had asked, Maya Angelou to travel with him and visit churches to raise money for his efforts to support the poor. Angelou agreed, but stated she could not begin until after her birthday.  A promise she would never get the chance to fulfill.  She was notified of his death while preparing for her birthday party.

Remembering The Incomparable Maya Angelou: Gone To Soon

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 Maya Angelou was born, “Marguerite Johnson” on April 4, 1928. She was nicknamed Maya (meaning “my sister”) by her brother. Angelou grew up in Stamps, Arkansas and as a child, was raised by her grandmother. At the age of 7, while visiting her mother in Chicago, Angelou was sexually molested by her mother’s boyfriend. Angelou was ashamed to tell an adult, so she told her brother. She found out later that one of her uncles killed her attacker. Angelou felt that her words had killed the man and as a result did not speak for 5 year until she was 13. Angelou is the mother of one son named, Guy who she had at age 16.  Angelou led a colorful and storied life. Though she never went to college, she was the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees. Continue reading “Remembering The Incomparable Maya Angelou: Gone To Soon”

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Trivia Answer

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Earlier today, we asked our Black Mail Readers  Which African American Woman Was First To Author A Non-Fiction Bestseller?  The answer is B) Maya Angelou.  “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” published in 1969 would make her the first African American woman to author a non fiction best seller. 

A)Zora Neal Hurston

B) Maya Angelou

C)Alice Walker

D)Toni Morrison


7 Quotes By Maya Angelou: Tell Us Which One is Your Favorite

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The incomparable Maya Angelou!  Though she is no longer with us, she left us beautiful gifts of words and wisdom.  Several Maya Angelou quotes are included in this post.  Which one(s) resonates with you the most! Comment and let us know!

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