Thursday, May 28, 2014
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
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”– Maya Angelou Her words have been my refuge at times; and I am happy to still have them. Her physical presence has left us with an incredible legacy of actions and words as refuges to curl into and foundations upon which to stand tall, push back, speak boldly, and love courageously. Her soul was liberated from earthly limitations a long time ago, and she will continue to live on in hearts and minds she has likewise liberated. the world is better for having had you in it my beautiful wise poet. thank you.
a long-time favorite poem: no doubt familiar to you.
Maya Angelou, “Caged Bird” from Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing? Copyright © 1983 by Maya Angelou.