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Tell Em’ How You Really Feel Fridays

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

–Except from Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman”

What makes you Phenomenal?

Throwback Natural: Maya Angelou

My heart overflows when I think of this great woman.  I get goose pimples when I hear her speak! I read ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings‘ in my youth and it’s never left me.  I’ve been captivated and touched by her poems…My favorites? Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise.  Oprah Winfrey interviewed Ms. Angelou as a part of her Master Class series.  Here’s what Ms. Angelou had to say about being a blessing in someone’s life:

“Prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” —Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson, is an American author and poet who has been called “America’s most visible black female autobiographer” by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences.  Angelou was a member of the Harlem Writers Guild in the late 1950s, was active in the Civil Rights movement, and served as Northern Coordinator of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Since 1991, she has taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she holds the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. Since the 1990s she has made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit.  In 1995, she was recognized for having the longest-running record (two years) on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List.
Phenomenal, indeed!
Do you have a favorite Maya poem or quote?