As a dedicated American humanitarian, civil rights activist & Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Maya Angelou, whose birthday is today, advanced human spirit through seven memoirs, teaching us how to live in the ways that matter. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou’s wisdom resulted from an early childhood of adversity, which she drew upon throughout her life to all our advantage until passing in 2014. Oprah, who considered her a surrogate mother, once asked which life lesson was most difficult to follow. Angelou’s response was immediate: “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” That was the thing about Maya Angelou–from the moment she was born, she was who she was.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” —