Author, Poet, Actress all around “Phenomenal Woman” Marguerite Annie Johnson, better known to you as Maya Angelou.
She was born in the Lou, parental units divorced, her and her brother went down south to live with her granny. Her brother couldn’t pronounce her given name because of an intense stutter, he called her “My” for “my sister”. Some time later he read a book about the Maya Indians and then he dubbed his sis “Maya” the name stuck.
She was sexually assaulted by her moms boyfriend here in Chicago at the age of 7. Only person she told was her brother. Then she got word her uncle off’d the dude. She felt her words made that happen. She didn’t speak for 5yrs. She started to speak again at the age of 13.
We all know how dope she was and what she was known for. But I never knew her back story.
Here’s a quick review of her resume:
8 autobiographies from 69’-2013’
18 Published Poems from 71’- 2013
2 Cookbooks | 7 Plays | 4 Spoken Word Albums and much more.
My favorite quote from this beautiful soul was;
“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”
And that’s why I’m an advocate for being good to people. Yall have a great day, and put a smile on someone’s face. They just might need it, and it cost you nothing… ✊ Peace Ppl