The world has lost a great hero in literature, and one of the most influential women there ever was. Her voice inspired us, carried us, and shaped how we understand love for generations.
“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.”
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
Maya Angelou, a woman of many professions, was known primarily as a wordsmith: in poems, books, and speeches. Angelou became an author at the age of 41 when she wrote her memoir I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings, which was followed by various works, ranging from autobiographies to children’s books and song lyrics for a musical. “I’ll probably be writing when the Lord says, “Maya, Maya Angelou, it’s time,” Angelou told TIME in 2013. Angelou became the first black and first female inaugural poet in 1993 for President Clinton and left behind a strong legacy as a teacher and civil rights activist. - Time
Watch some of Maya's influential moment with Time. Article originally posted by Time Wednesday May 29th 2014, read it here.