dear miss Maya.

dear miss Maya.

thank you. thank you for sharing all that you were with us!

thank you for teaching me that I was phenomenal well before I grew into a woman.

thank you for telling me how you lost…then found your voice…and for sharing that magnificent voice with ME! I am eternally grateful and forever indebted.

thank you for teaching me invaluable lessons.

thank you for influencing me and thank you for being love itself.

thank you for beautiful words that will live forever.

thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. we honor you!

—-

I love this photo! I find myself in it just as I found myself in miss Maya’s words.

my goodness. what a remarkable woman she was.

about the photo:

Maya Angelou doing a little reading in her dressing room before her performance at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Long before she was a poet and writer and the icon we know today, Dr. Angelou was a dancer and singer of folk and calypso songs (she even recorded an album in 1957 called “Miss Calypso” and appeared in the film “Calypso Heat Wave” that same year. This photo was taken by G. Marshall Wilson, who was a staff photographer at Ebony for 33 years. Photo: Art.com

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