Throwback Thursday Tribute

Rest in Peace Dr. Maya Angelou

With the passing of the extraordinary and phenomenal woman Dr. Maya Angelou, I felt it only right to dedicate this Throwback Thursday Tribute to her.

Her style and grace was unparalleled. She captivated people with more than just the fashions she wore… she captivated the world with her intelligence, her poise and the way she was able to deliver words so eloquently.

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes, statements and poems from the global renaissance warrior Dr. Maya Angelou. Her legacy will live on.

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“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

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Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

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“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

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 “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

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And of course I had to add the woman’s anthem:

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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.
I say,
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
Phenomenally.
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
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
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.
Dr. Maya AngelouI 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
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
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.
I say,
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
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
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Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 One of the worlds greatest poet, teacher, dancer, author, actress, professor, motivator, civil rights activist, singer, producer, and life changer! She is the epitome of courage. It takes courage to grow up and be who you are destined to be. It takes courage to not allow your shortcomings, mistakes, and life experiences to stunt your future possibilities. And as the lovely Maya Angelou once stated, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” She embodied this and I’m forever grateful to have been inspired by her. 
Thank you and rest in peace.
~Kisha
What are some of your favorites from Dr Maya Angelou?

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