Her poetry and prose inspired generations with messages of hope and harmony. Her poise and gracefulness, the very definition of a phenomenal woman. As we say goodbye to Dr. Maya Angelou, ESSENCE editors share the 15 reasons why she is our inspiration.
“I’ll never forget when I was in college dealing with a good-for-nothing guy and my best friend told me “When someone shows you their true self for the first time, believe them.” It really stuck in my mind and helped me leave behind someone who was not good for me. I later heard Oprah repeat the same thing on her show and found out that the quote came from Maya Angelou. All those years it had been her words that helped me weed negative folks out of my life and for that, I am truly grateful for her!" — Nicole Marie Melton, former beauty editor, ESSENCE.com