On Dr. Angelou: Rest In Power

The first thing I ever read by Dr. Angelou was ” I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” when I was in 7th grade.  She created a spark in me and I created a curiosity in me for writing.  Without Dr. Angelou, I would have never discovered James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Countee Cullen, the Harlem Renaissance, Nikki Giovanni, or Sonia Sanchez.  These were my influences when I was younger.  As an adult, I began to read some of her essays which I didn’t connect with, two of which I gave away to my brother, Zaye.  He thought I was out of my mind.  He kept asking me if I was sure.  When I’ve heard her speak, my gut trembled. I knew that there was something about her words that I connected with when spoken.  The wisdom she shared is priceless.  She is not just a poet but a playwright.  She is DR. without earning a degree…that’s respect.  Her loss will affect many but I am glad her words live on.  She left a mark on this world that cannot be measured. I feel like I lost a grandmother.

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