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Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou (1928–2014) was an American award-winning author, poet, and civil rights activist. The internationally acclaimed Angelou received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 and was awarded more than fifty honorary degrees throughout her career. Her work has been lauded as translating quintessential elements of the Black, American, female experience, capturing the spirit of human earnestness and dignity.

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Dr. Maya Angelou Recites Her Poem “Phenomenal Woman” - Super Soul Sunday - OWN

Poet, teacher, activist and more—pay tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou and listen to her read her unforgettable poem “Phenomenal Woman.”

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Oprah Recalls One of Her Favorite Life Lessons from Maya Angelou - Oprah’s Lifeclass - OWN

After a few relationships gone bad and more than one night waiting by the phone, Oprah learned the hard way that if a man shows you he’s untrustworthy, believe him the first time. Watch Dr. Maya Angelou discuss this important life lesson with Oprah.

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5 Things to Know About Maya Angelou’s Complicated, Meaningful Life

While Maya Angelou best known today for her writing—as the author of more than 30 books and the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees—she had many different careers before becoming a writer, and all before the age of 40, as TIME pointed out in her 2014 obituary.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageDo the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

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Serena Williams Reads “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Serena Williams reads “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.

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Maya Angelou’s Civil Rights Legacy

A brilliant author who organized with Dr. King and served on the staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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The Powerful Lesson Maya Angelou Taught Oprah - Oprah’s Lifeclass - Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah shares the powerful lesson author Maya Angelou, her friend and mentor, taught her many years ago. Find out why she says that Maya’s words, “when you know better, you do better,” are freeing for anyone who has ever made a mistake.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageYou may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

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Dr. Maya Angelou: “Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud” - Oprah’s Master Class - OWN

After hearing a 19th-century African-American song, Dr. Maya Angelou has never forgotten one important lyric: God put a rainbow in the clouds. Watch as Dr.

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Maya Angelou’s “Hey Black Child,” recited by 3-yr old Pe’Tehn Raighn Kem

Amazing 3-yr old Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem can read, write and pay tribute to one of the most renowned writers of all time. She memorized author Maya Angelou’s poem “Hey Black Child” in just a week and recited the poem to an audience during the Chicago daytime talk show Windy City LIVE.

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