Today’s spotlight is on Maya Angelou, THE PHENOMENAL Woman-Phenomenal meaning exceedingly or unbelievably great. She was born in a time when racial prejudice and discrimination was the “norm”, product of a broken home, raped and traumatized at the tender age of 7, spent 5 years as a mute, high school dropout, and a teenage mother at the age of 16. All of these life experiences would lead one to believe this young girl was destined for hardships and struggles, one would write her off to be a victim of circumstance, never to contribute anything positive to society. However, when you are PHENOMENAL you grow from negative experiences, you achieve the unthinkable, you become who you believe you were born to be, and you share and help others achieve the same.
Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, but known as Maya Angelou, is all of these things and more. She is an award-winning author, poet, civil rights activist, political activist, screenwriter, actress, director, member of the Harlem writers Guild, dancer, teacher, lecturer, and mother. She had a gift of touching souls and hearts through her writing, speaking and having the ability to be vulnerable, relatable yet strong and unwavering. We know that when caged birds sing, the melody can be beautiful even though the song may be of pain, struggle, hardships and road blocks. Maya Angelou reminds us that no matter our life circumstances, we determine our outcome. I personally have been inspired by her life story, challenges and triumphs. Her words are an inspiration to heal, love, grow and know your self-worth. I salute and appreciate your contribution to positively influencing our world.