We salute the lifetime achievements of Dr. Maya Angelou. She is no longer a caged bird singing nor will she rise like dust again. Dr. Angelou excelled in the areas of Education, Social Action and Bigger
& Better Business.
In the area of Bigger & Better Business Dr. Angelou proves to be a giant. She leaves us with a net worth of $10 Million; that encompasses work as an actor, poet, public speaker and author. Her most successful work being the book “I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings”. The book became an international best seller and is still standard reading material in many high schools. She used her lifelong struggles and experiences to educate past generations and generations to come through her acclaimed literary works, thespian performances, journalism and service to public television.
Dr. Angelou’s legacy of awards and honors by universities, literary organizations, government agencies, special interest groups and President Barack Obama make her one of the most celebrated educators in history. The more than thirty honorary degrees bestowed on her attest to the fact that the literary giant, through her graceful and confident manner, served as an orator and educator within the contiguous forty-eight (48) states and several foreign countries. Dr. Angelou continued her love for the human spirit being nourished during her tenure as the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC).
Dr. Angelou was an international civil rights leader. In the 1950’s following her travel abroad Dr. Angelou joined the Harlem Writers Guild where she was associated with the Civil Rights Movement. Following her time in Ghana with her husband South African civil rights activist Vusumzi Make Dr. Angelou returned to America in 1964 to help Malcolm X build the new Organization of African American Unity. Angelou also worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., serving as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Even though she will no longer be with us in the physical, her spirit will remain with us, her inspiring words and teachings will change the face of generations to come, and the world will be a better place as a result of her phenomenal work as a comprehensive/inclusive educator. We ask you to join us not in a moment of silence but instead a moment of reflection on the life of an amazing woman. Find her work in your local library or even through an ebook and remember a woman who stood through adversity to become someone great to so many.