RIP Maya Angelou

Sad news about Maya Angelou, but her legacy will live on.

There are countless of obituaries, but I really enjoyed Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86 by Margalit Fox. This video, Farewell to Maya Angelou is from the same article. 

I strongly suggest you read this interview from 2003, Growing Up Maya Angelou about her childhood, her writing and the importance of family. There are some very beautiful and touching answers in it.    

On a lighter note, watch this video of Maya Angelou discussing how she coped during the years she stopped talking till she was 13, about being human and about language. It includes a funny story when she was in Cairo as a dancer, when on one night when she was asked to sing, despite not being a professional singer. She sang a song her mother used to sing every Sunday and impressed the audience, "4500 Arabs jumped up and hit the floor 'w'Allah azeem, w'Allah azeem'". The trained singers that performed before her looked at her with envy and she responded, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I have the glory." 

 RIP Maya Angelou, 1928-2014.