Appreciation – Maya Angelou

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

Predictably outspoken and excruciatingly honest, this is just one of the many brilliant statements that poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou made over her lifetime. Angelou is perhaps best known for her 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; which brought her international acclaim and fame as it became a best seller as soon as it hit the shelves. The book describes the struggles Maya encountered with racism, identity, sexual abuse and literacy while growing up in America.

With her death on the 28th May 2014 at the venerable age of 86, literature lost one of its greatest contributors of the 20thcentury. However, her legacy lives on in her work, which will most assuredly continue to influence and inspire future generations.