Renowned American novelist and literal voice Dr. Maya Angelou passed on today the 28th of May at her home in North Carolina.
Below is a statement from her family that was posted on her Facebook fanpage shortly after the news broke out in major media houses in the USA.
Thursday, May 28, 2014
Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.
Guy B. Johnson
May she rest in eternal peace. She will be dearly missed.
One of her popular works was Phenomenal woman
By Maya Angelou
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman, That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please, And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees. I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman
Men themselves have wondered What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them, They say they still can’t see. I say,
It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need for my care. ‘Cause I’m a woman
Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I rise