Maya Angelou – “Phenomenally”

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.

This morning poet, activist, memoirist, and true renaissance woman Maya Angelou passed away in her home at the age of 86.

This is not an article about her life – you can find some of those linked below.

I just could not let the day go without holding some space here in memory…

In memory of a woman whose life was a gift to so many, and who uttered what has become one of my personal mantras:

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

Maya Angelou changed the world by standing in her own truth…

and never has such a warrior moved in such gentleness, “trailing wisps of glory”.

Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.

Mission accomplished a hundred times over, lovely lady…

a hundred times over…

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Rest in peace, Maya.
04/04/1928 – 05/28/2014


… and thank you.


She lived with both grace and fire.

She lived “phenomenally”.




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Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86 – NY Times

Legendary Author, Maya Angelou Dies at 86 – CNN

Maya Angelou biography page – Academy of Achievement


2 responses to “Maya Angelou – “Phenomenally””

  1. Alison says:

    What a great loss for all of us.
    I posted that same (first) quote on my Facebook page, because of all her amazing words, that quote is the one I’ve kept closest to my heart.

  2. Roxanne says:

    A phenomenal tribute, Jenni. She was amazing. She will be missed.

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