Civil Rights Activist: Maya Angelou

I find the aspects of Maya Angelou inspiring to the soul. It starts with the discrimination that she faced as a child, while living in Arkansas and the amount of self-control that she had to not let it affect her. Maya Angelou teamed up with influential leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X to promote change in the portrayal of races in society.

maya-angelou1Maya Angelou was asked by Malcolm X to help him build his new Organization of African American Unity, and asked by Martin Luther King Jr. to serve as the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. With the assassination of both men, Maya never got a chance to fulfill those duties.

With her life since then, Maya has written an internationally acclaimed book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and illustrate her poetic capabilities through a poem she recited for President Clinton in her 1993 inaugural ceremony. She continues to star in films and express her knowledge through television. Even before recent years, Dr. Maya Angelou has and will continue to inspire individuals like me to keep progressing in the fight of self and racial equality. The impact that persons can have on a societal culture, is one that everyone should try and take advantage of. We must learn from the leaders before us, so that we can keep their influential legacy alive.


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