There are very few personalities who remain as beloved and adorning like Maya Angelou. With over 50 honorary doctorate degrees, Dr. Maya Angelou became a celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. But what made Maya Angelou the ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ to the eyes of the whole world? When Maya Angelou was 16 she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. By the time she was 40 she had also been, in no particular order, a cook, a waitress, a madam, a prostitute, a dancer, an actress, a playwright, an editor at an English-language newspaper in Egypt, and a Calypso singer.
Journey of Maya Angelou- “I know why the Caged Bird Sings”
She was born as Marguerite Johnson in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri and separated from her parents when she was three. She had to live with her grandparent. But at the age of seven, she faced a terrible traumatic incident that made her muted. She couldn’t speak in public for the next 5 years. She often cited this silent period as a time when she became intimately aware of the written word.
Angelou eventually regained her voice, but her life remained chaotic. She became a mother at 17, immediately after graduating high school. She bounced from city to city, job to job and spouse to spouse. When she was 41, she became an author. In her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she told the story of her life up to the age of 17. The theme of the book was the unsparing account of black life in the South during the Depression, and of her sexual abuse. It is not easy to read all the transformation, but I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was nominated for a National Book Award.
After that, Angelou wrote five more volumes of autobiography and six books of poetry. She wrote children’s books and essays and the lyrics to a musical, King. She acted in movies and even directed one, Down in the Delta. She took to the national stage in 1993 when she read a poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at President Clinton’s inauguration. Angelou’s energy was enormous and her activity incessant. Though her education stopped after high school, she held a lifetime professorship at Wake Forest and collected honorary degrees from 50 more colleges and universities.
It was the destined victory because it’s all about creativity for the sake of creativity
There are some people who are born with intense creativity so that the world can stop with all its roughness in front of them. They simply draw a line between themselves and world where the new possibilities take birth. From her very childhood, Angelou faced intense racism, sufferings, yet she overcomes it through the power of creativity. She is the first person who showed that creativity brings out extreme tenacity and human spirit that encourages developing courage and building bridges. It is our duty to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings. So that, all of her litany of isolation and suffering turns into the dew of creativity and consistent energy that strives her to lead a unique journey.
Quotes of Maya Angelue: Tales of Success
1. We come from the creator of creativity. I think each one of us is born with creativity.( As a poet an activist)
2. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slaves. ( As a poet and activist- Still I rise)
3. Be the rainbow of someone’s else cloud
4. I know why the caged bird sings.( Re released )
5. Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
6. 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.
7. If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.
8. "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”