I shed a tear this morning when I heard of Maya Angelou’s passing. An American treasure of inspiring proportions, she is best for being an author (especially of her landmark memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings), her activism in Civil Rights, and her truth hurts quotes that were so beautiful and so heart-wrenching, Angelou was the gospel. An honorary doctorate of 50 degrees, she was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2011, and had achieved so much in her 86 years.
She was also a mentor to a fellow woman of major influence, her fellow lioness of strength, the effervescent Oprah Winfrey.
In the video below, Oprah warmly looked back on her relationship with Angelou who she referred to as a “rock star”, a statement I think we can all agree with that.
The two remained very close to her death, and even with Oprah’s astronomical success, you can tell that in the video, Oprah was still in complete awe of Angelou and grateful for her guidance.
Maya, we miss you already.
Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:
Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.
Guy B. Johnson