As I remember and mourn the loss of Dr. Maya Angelou, I’m comforted by many of her teachings. I embrace the courage she exemplified and empathize with the struggles she endured. I’m in awe of the high road she traveled..

Dr. Angelou was more than an author or poet. She was a teacher, leader, activist, dancer, singer, producer, mother, and friend to many. Most of all she was larger than life. Her books, poems and words encouraged us to stand for something or fall for anything.

She inspired me, a black woman to be fearless; to dream big and to know I was created for greatness! Through her writings I realized I didn’t need blond hair, blue eyes or a size 2 body to be considered beautiful!

She was confident, fierce and demanded respect. She lived her life with passion. The knowledge and wisdom she gained she also shared. She once said, “When you know better you do better.” I believe this to be true.

When I think about women who Soar, she is the epitome of a women who Soared, and inspired others to do the same. She is among many women who have taught me to celebrate and love the woman I am and to enjoy the journey.

Through her work as an activist I learned to speak up and speak out. Through her books and lectures I realized my words can speak life into those I encounter.

I could go on and on about her amazing accomplishments, but the most important thing we should all remember is her legacy. She knew she had an assignment on earth and she rose to the challenge.

We all have a calling, a purpose for breathing and living. The problem is when we don’t know our purpose or have a fear of walking in it, we merely find ourselves existing, not living.

I thank and salute Dr. Angelou and all the women like her who Soar!

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”
Dr. Maya Angelou

Continue to Soar!