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 will never forget reciting Dr. Maya Angelou’s “On The Pulse of Morning” with my fourth grade class at our school’s poetry contest. It was the same poem she recited at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration a year earlier. We practiced so hard and memorized every line, down to the enunciation of each syllable. Although we didn’t win, we were so proud of ourselves. Almost two decades later, I remember it fondly." —Charlise Ferguson, Partner’s Editor, ESSENCE.com