Oprah Beautifully Honors Maya Angelou On What Would’ve Been Her 91st Birthday


Oprah Winfrey determined to honor her good friend, Maya Angelou, with a poetic tribute.

The media mogul posted her favourite photograph of herself and the late literary legend alongside a poem.

Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou attending the Celebration of Quincy Jones' 50th Year in Music in1995.

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Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou attending the Celebration of Quincy Jones’ 50th 12 months in Music in1995.

Though the poem will not be by Angelou — who wrote well-known poems resembling “Nonetheless I Rise,” “On the Pulse of Morning” and “Phenomenal Lady” — Winfrey defined that the Henry Scott Holland poem she selected echoes the “unbroken continuity” of her friendship with the prolific author and civil rights activist, who died in 2014 at age 86.

“Maya would have been 91 at the moment!” Winfrey wrote on Instagram. “That is my favourite image of us. Even in demise I really feel the ‘unbroken continuity’ of her mother-sister-friendship referenced within the Henry Scott Holland canon.”

Winfrey has usually referred to Angelou as her mentor, mom/sister and good friend.

“She was there for me all the time, guiding me via a number of the most necessary years of my life,” Winfrey wrote shortly after Angelou’s demise. “The world is aware of her as a poet however on the coronary heart of her, she was a instructor. ‘Whenever you study, train. Whenever you get, give’ is certainly one of my finest classes from her.”

Angelou had an distinctive life and profession. Her work, which centered on black girls and championed their power, earned Grammys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an NAACP Picture Award and different honors. She grew to become the primary black streetcar conductor in San Francisco and the primary black girl to write down a bestselling nonfiction ebook together with her memoir I Know Why The Caged Chicken Sings. In her memoir, Angelou detailed her outstanding journey of overcoming the trauma of being raped at 7 years previous and going mute for six years, throughout which she started to write down.

“She moved via the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I liked her and I do know she liked me,” Winfrey recalled after Angelou’s demise. “I’ll profoundly miss her. She’s going to all the time be the rainbow in my clouds.”

CORRECTION: An earlier model of this story mislabeled certainly one of Maya Angelou’s poems. 

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