R.I.P., Maya Angelou

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    May 28, 2014 2:01 PM GMT
    Dr. Angelou passed away today.

    I was fortunate to meet her and hear her speak at an event just a few years ago.

    What an incredible legacy she leaves with us.
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    May 28, 2014 2:06 PM GMT
    http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/28/3892809/maya-angelou-dead-at-86.html?sp=/99/100/

    Raliegh News & ObserverAuthor and poet Maya Angelou has died, Wake Forest University confirmed Wednesday. She was 86.

    But when you read her poems, you can still hear her rich, deep voice caressing every syllable:


    Maya AngelouCome you death, in haste, do come,

    My shroud of black be weaving,

    Quiet my heart, be deathly quiet,

    My true love is leaving.

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    May 28, 2014 2:14 PM GMT
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    May 28, 2014 2:25 PM GMT
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    May 28, 2014 4:07 PM GMT
    "And when great souls die,
    after a period peace blooms,
    slowly and always
    irregularly. Spaces fill
    with a kind of
    soothing electric vibration.
    Our senses, restored, never
    to be the same, whisper to us.
    They existed. They existed.
    We can be. Be and be
    better. For they existed."
    From "When Great Trees Fall," by Maya Angelou
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    May 28, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/28/maya-angelou-gay-marriage_n_5404152.html

    Huffington PostAngelou, a longtime civil rights pioneer, also publicly supported same-sex marriage during her lifetime. The New York Times reported that in 2009, Angelou placed three phone calls to New York state senators, including Senator Shirley L. Huntley, urging them to back marriage equality.

    Angelou, who had a home in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood, "felt compelled to speak out because she believes that legalizing same-sex marriage is a matter of social fairness — a subject that has been a theme of her writing," according to the Times' Jeremy W. Peters.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/29/nyregion/29celebrity.html

    NY Times“I would ask every man and every woman who’s had the blessing of having children, ‘Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?’ she said.

    Ms. Angelou said she believed that society made gay relationships hard enough without the added burden of making marriage illegal.

    “To love someone takes a lot of courage,” she said. “So how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sex and the laws say, ‘I forbid you from loving this person’?”
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    May 28, 2014 4:58 PM GMT
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    May 28, 2014 7:44 PM GMT
    “All of Us are Caged Birds, Have Been and Will be Again”


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    May 28, 2014 8:32 PM GMT
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    May 28, 2014 8:39 PM GMT
    Heard her on Terry Gross today in a retrospective of earlier interviews. She said she got her rhythm and speech patterns from listening to great Southern preachers as a child. And from Shakespeare. I've always loved her writing and reading of her work but I hadn't thought about the sound from that perspective. Wonderful woman.

    ...and to all of you in RJ-land who whine and are angry because you think life hasn't given you a fair shake, try reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She came from rape, and prostitution and a child at 16 to reading her poetry at the inauguration of Bill Clinton.
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    May 28, 2014 11:08 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidHeard her on Terry Gross today in a retrospective of earlier interviews. She said she got her rhythm and speech patterns from listening to great Southern preachers as a child. And from Shakespeare. I've always loved her writing and reading of her work but I hadn't thought about the sound from that perspective. Wonderful woman.

    ...and to all of you in RJ-land who whine and are angry because you think life hasn't given you a fair shake, try reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She came from rape, and prostitution and a child at 16 to reading her poetry at the inauguration of Bill Clinton.


    ... and beyond the cage...
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    May 28, 2014 11:19 PM GMT
    Her last Twitter message:

    "Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God."


    1:43 PM - 23 May 2014
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    May 30, 2014 7:25 PM GMT
    Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Maya Angelou’s funeral

    http://myfox8.com/2014/05/29/westboro-baptist-church-plans-to-picket-maya-angelous-funeral/




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    May 30, 2014 9:35 PM GMT
    I think it's time we all stopped reposting anything to do with WBC. It only gives them free advertisement and helps other hateful people join together to have more power.
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    May 31, 2014 1:46 AM GMT
    The Erasure of Maya Angelou’s Sex Work History

    Now you understand
    just why my head’s not bowed.
    I don’t shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me passing,
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It’s in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    the need for my care.
    ‘Cause I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.


    http://titsandsass.com/the-erasure-of-maya-angelou/
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    Jun 01, 2014 6:29 PM GMT
    The Best Advice Dr. Maya Angelou Has Ever Given—and Received

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    Jun 04, 2014 5:32 PM GMT
    Petition to get a postage stamp for Maya Angelou:

    http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/Angelou_stamp/?t=1&akid=1032.443277.kUyXMA
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    Jun 08, 2014 3:29 AM GMT
    Michelle Obama Emotional Speech at Maya Angelou Memorial Service




    Wonderful job Mrs. Obama!
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  • mybud

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    Jun 08, 2014 6:14 AM GMT
    Take this time to pick up a copy and read,"I know why the cage birds sings". RIP.