Maya Angelou knew how to survive. Raped at the tender age of seven by her mother's boyfriend, Maya had the courage to testified against her offender. Shortly after being arrested he was tried and acquitted later found dead; beaten to death. Young Angelou stopped speaking for five years believing her voice was the cause of his death. Then one day her older brother Bailey persuaded her to speak and the world listened.
This once caged bird freed herself through singing, acting, composing and dancing. She was self-educated and taught others from her loving and caring spirit but mostly from her writing. Maya Angelou enjoyed writing poetry lying on a made-up bed with a dictionary and Bible by her side. She said she reads the Bible for melody, content and remembering what she's about.
She rose. Angelou rose from being a cook and a prostitute to becoming three times Grammy winner and earning more 20 honorary degrees. She was a light of the world and her light couldn't be hidden. God placed her light high upon a hill for all to see. She rose.
Life was in the power of her tongue. Wherever Angelou was she spoke life into the atmosphere. A rock, a river, and a tree was the words Angelou spoke with grace at Clinton's inauguration in 1993. You could see the crowd imaging the rock, tree and river coming alive as her words contain creative force.
Just as God created the world into existence with words, so do Angelou create a world with her words.
English, French, Spanish, Italian, West African Fanti, and Arabic were six languages she spoke fluently. Dr. Maya Angelou set a standard for what she wanted to become: An International Civil Rights Leader. She had a focused direction for the world and not just African-American. She knew no nationality arrives at their desired destination thinking aimlessly only of themselves.
To have an effective ministry one must take authority and rise up. Angelou never felt her life was too much for her because she knew God's grace was sufficient. Always mindful of the circumstances; she got involved with courage and grace.
She worked diligently with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X during the Civil Rights Movement, she knew when faced with opposition, it wasn't her the world wants to hold back, but the life and light and love of God that shine from her that the world was trying to smother.
Many of us resist doing things differently. Some even dream of erasing the mistakes of their past but the past cannot be erased. Maya Angelou didn't regret her past and wasn't afraid of the future. Instead, she looked at every person she seen as an opportunity for her to sow words that help them and glorify God. I'm grateful for the life of Maya Angelou because she never gave up on humanity. She never stop sowing life-giving words. Copyright number EB4T-KU5D-5VJQ-KQ2C
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