Maya Angelou ( April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.
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Had I not had my grandmother who dared to be my rainbow in the clouds, I would have been just another sexually abused barefoot black girl on the roads of Arkansas.
Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
When a man tells you who he is... believe him.
I said 'Don't worry about it - I know our culture.'
All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men values and dislikes are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces places and maybe races tactics intensities and goals but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood.