"You beloved guardian of sacred poetry, rest now. Leave us to study and remember."
On May 28, 2014, Dr. Maya Angelou died at the age of 86.
<p> She was a lot of things in her life: a poet, an artist, a writer, a dancer, a teacher. But she will always be known by countless people around the world for her wise, healing words.</p><p> Words she wrote:</p><blockquote> <em>"You may write me down in history<br> With your bitter, twisted lies, <br> You may tread me in the very dirt <br> But still, like dust, I'll rise. <br> <br><br><br><br></em> <br> <em>...You may shoot me with your words,<br> You may cut me with your eyes, <br> You may kill me with your hatefulness, <br> But still, like air, I'll rise." <br><br><br></em> <em>— </em><a href="http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/still-i-rise/" target="_blank"><em>Still I Rise</em></a><br></blockquote><p> Words she spoke:<br></p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194109587&color=00cc11&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><p class="image-caption"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/penguin-audio/celebrations-by-maya-angelou" target="_blank">via Penguin USA/Soundcloud</a></p><p> Even words she tweeted: <br></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God. <br> — Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrMayaAngelou/status/469911477500272642">May 23, 2014</a><br></blockquote><h2>Dr. Maya was, at her core, a poet.</h2><p> And while she meant a lot of things to many famous people — from former presidents and world leaders to the one and only Oprah perhaps — one of the greatest legacies she left behind is the inspiration she gave to the poets who came after her.</p><p><div id="upworthyFreeStarVideoAdContainer"><div id="freestar-video-parent"><div id="freestar-video-child"></div></div></div></p><p> Around the time of her death, the words of those very famous people filled the airwaves.</p><h2>But this performance by poet Natalie Patterson via SoulPancake is one of the most powerful tributes I've seen. Take a look: </h2><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e9460def9c2e58d89c00da5a08d28449"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iKkKzvletEk?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><h2>It's amazing how Maya Angelou has inspired so many people in so many different ways.</h2><p> As we remember Maya Angelou today, we'll leave you with these words from Natalie's poem:</p><p> "One day soon, I know, out of habit, You will scribble a poem across the sky for us. We will know it was you. It has always been you, Doctor, Maya Angelou."<br></p>
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