Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou

SympathyBY PAUL LAURENCE DUNBARI know what the caged bird feels, alas! When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, And the river flows like a stream of glass; When the first bird sings and the first bud opes, And the faint perfume from its chalice steals—I know what the caged bird feels!I know why the caged bird beats his wing Till its blood is red on the cruel bars; For he must fly back to his perch and cling When he fain would be on the bough a-swing; And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars And they pulse again with a keener sting—I know why he beats his wing!I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—When he beats his bars and he would be free;It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core, But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—I know why the caged bird sings!Source: Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2004)

Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis Missouri. When she was born her given name was Marguerite Annie Johnson. Maya Angelou's 1969 autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, is the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.

Maya Angelou

Presenting "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's Inauguration in 1993

When you know better, you do better-Maya Angelou

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."– Maya Angelou

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”― Maya Angelou


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