Maya Angelou


Dr. Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928, became an incredibly influential author and thinker. Before her death in 2014 she had become a best-selling author, educator and civil-rights activist. She was also a singer, dancer, producer, award-winning actress, and historian. As a mark of her accomplishments and the respect she garnered in her numerous roles in life, she accumulated 50 honorary doctorate degrees!

A memoirist, initially famous for her 1969 autobiographical novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou was also an acclaimed poet, screenwriter, playwright, essayist and the author of a collection of children’s books. 

Maya Angelou was well-loved and timeless in her wisdom, strength and dignity. Among her most famous quotes is, 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, which highlights the importance of the relationships in our lives. And in saying bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave she reminds us all that we are the the future of our ancestors and the living history of future generations.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
— Maya Angelou