Dr. Maya Angelou: Her Latest Re-Invention
(1928 – 2014)
Here’s what the media deluge says: Maya Angelou passed. Stop the presses! She didn’t really die. She simply did what this magnificent literary genius has always done: she re-invented herself – again.
For Maya Angelou, re-invention was survival – all of her life – dodging, slamming, and bunting that nasty curve ball that life had pitched to her, using it to her advantage. Now, in failing illness, she stepped up to the plate again – one more re-invention.
For little Maya, named Marguerite Annie Johnson at birth, childhood was a horrific, traumatizing event. As a little girl, her parents split. She and her brother were sent to live with an aunt in Stamps, Arkansas around 1932. Not a hotbed of liberal acceptance! She saw brutal racial discrimination, unthinkable trauma and went into complete silence for several years. When life crashes in and you slam into a wall, isn’t it interesting how you adapt?
The re-inventions go on and on – and we know them well. In 1957, she was now actress and singer, re-invents herself as civil rights leader. After living in Egypt and Guana, she befriends Malcolm X and Dr. Marten Luther King and comes home. With their assassinations and her profound grief, she was urged by James Baldwin to write her memoir, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, reinventing herself as an all time best selling author.
Phenomenal Woman – a gift from Maya Angelou to you
For all of us beautiful, phenomenal women who are re-inventing, re-creating, or starting over again, Maya Angelou has a gift for us. Through all her trauma, all her success, all her fear, all her achievements, she remained a “Phenomenal Woman”, and proud of it. This poem is breathtaking spoken from her lips – a gift of love to all women.
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When we begin to doubt ourselves or what we can accomplish, I will turn to Maya Angelou for inspiration. I hope you’ll join me.
I never had the chance to ask her, but I know she would unequivocally agree with me on this: You’re not getting older, you’re getting started℠.
Passed? Not this lady! She’s re-inventing herself again. I can feel it in my feminine gut.
Did anyone else besides me hear that newborn baby cry? Watch out world, here she comes again!
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