Maya Angelou Dies at 86

28 May 2014LiteratureMusicOpinion

Margalit Fox, writing for The New York Times:

Long before that day, as she recounted in “Caged Bird” and its sequels, she had already been a dancer, calypso singer, streetcar conductor, single mother, magazine editor in Cairo, administrative assistant in Ghana, official of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and friend or associate of some of the most eminent black Americans of the mid-20th century, including James Baldwin, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

I have always admired Maya Angelou but never realized the diversity of her life experience.

Also, thanks to Tom Power from CBC Radio 2, for reminding me of this beautiful song by Ben Harper, a musical rendering of Maya Angelou’s poem I’ll Rise: