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Maya Angelou

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As part of our Black History month trip through time, we celebrate - Maya Angelou, a true original. A very inspirational author and poet, Maya Angelou was born in 1928, and is currently age 84. For over fifty years, she has published several autobiographies, books of essays and poetry, and has even written plays, movies and TV shows. We think Maya Angelou would wear a Mod with one of our Birds Faces. One of her famous quotes reads, "The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky." She is a renowned civil rights activist and writer who was a trailblazer for other black writers of her time. In 1972, she wrote a screenplay and also composed the score for a film titled Georgia, Georgia. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her work because this was the first script written by an African American women to be filmed. She has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts among other awards. Maya Angelou is an amazing woman, and her energetic words continue to a voice of healing that lifts spirits. She is very well educated and has been awarded over thirty honorary degrees and has mastered French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Fanti (West African Language). Now that is pretty amazing! Since she is well known for her writing, here are a few inspirational quotes from her works: “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.” “I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.” “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” “Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” “Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.”

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