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AP Maya Angelou published her iconic autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsin 1969, the year before I was born — so I arrived in a world where this black woman from the American south had already proven that her life was one fit for literature.

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Angelou's was a life fascinating enough to capture the attention of everyday folks who looked to books to sort out what was what in this complicated country of ours. Black Boy — brutal and tragic — reinforced the popular feeling that the answers to the "race question" were issues of manhood.

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Caged Bird added Angelou's voice to this conversation — harmony and song — in becoming a classic itself. Let us take a moment to remember that Angelou wrote about her experience as a rape survivor over 40 years ago, despite a culture of silence and shame. Indeed, her own guilt and shame rendered her mute for five years.

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  3. There is another, more obscure hashtag that reminds me of her.
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As millions of women took to Twitter last week using the hashtag YesAllWomen to share their experiences of sexual assault, I doubt anyone was thinking of Maya Angelou. This is what happens when our elders do their work well: Angelou kicked the door open so wide that within her own lifetime there existed younger people who didn't quite remember that there was ever a door there at all.

We must also remember that she did so before the term "intersectionality" was coined to describe the treacherous crossroads of racism and sexism.

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Maya Angelou navigated the minefield that is accusing a black man of rape, all while black men were laboring under the stigma of being assumed to be rapists. Writing with such love for her community, Angelou was able to point the finger at one man, while still expressing her great love for the men in her community who loved, nurtured and even avenged her. While her single brave voice didn't ignite an immediate public conversation, it sparked countless private ones.

Hers were healing words for men and well as women, a laying on of hands.

  • Angelou lived a long life — 86 years — but her passing comes as a surprise to my spirit;
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  • We loved her long and we loved her well and maybe we foolishly hoped that our love would keep her here forever;
  • Writing with such love for her community, Angelou was able to point the finger at one man, while still expressing her great love for the men in her community who loved, nurtured and even avenged her;
  • Maya Angelou navigated the minefield that is accusing a black man of rape, all while black men were laboring under the stigma of being assumed to be rapists.

Angelou showed us how to live as well as how to write. Who could forget the vision of her wearing that splendid coat reading the inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton?

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She lived well — and there are those who would fault her for it, as though her prosperity and popularity somehow undermined the message of her words or negated her contributions to social justice. But for me, her love of the good life was an inspiration. There is another, more obscure hashtag that reminds me of her: That expression is in the tradition of Zora Neale Hurston, who once remarked, "I am not tragically colored.

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  • Whatever the contours she left on the sand, Angelou brought other travelers in with her, and our shores are richer for them;
  • She lived well — and there are those who would fault her for it, as though her prosperity and popularity somehow undermined the message of her words or negated her contributions to social justice;
  • In every narrative, someone who resembles a black woman either due to skin tone, genitals or both, is the conquered and not the conqueror, the beaten and not the beater, the violated and not the violator, the colonized and not the colonizer, the enslaved and not the slave master or slave mistress and the one who is demanding that power be conceded rather than the person possessing the power to concede;
  • Reading her poetry today, though, it is clear that one of her accomplishments was a persistent sense of fun, joy and sensuality.

There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul. Angelou never wavered in her commitment to community, but she also practiced self-love and self-care in public. There's another famous Hurston quote: Upon hearing of the passing of her old friend, Toni Morrison remarked"I thought she was eternal, that she would always be there.

Angelou lived a long life — 86 years — but her passing comes as a surprise to my spirit. We loved her long and we loved her well and maybe we foolishly hoped that our love would keep her here forever.

  1. But Angelou was, as well, an activist on behalf of the transformational causes of the eras in which she lived, from her birth in 1928 to her death Wednesday at age 86. Black Boy — brutal and tragic — reinforced the popular feeling that the answers to the "race question" were issues of manhood.
  2. Angelou lived a long life — 86 years — but her passing comes as a surprise to my spirit. Indeed, her own guilt and shame rendered her mute for five years.
  3. We must also remember that she did so before the term "intersectionality" was coined to describe the treacherous crossroads of racism and sexism. We loved her long and we loved her well and maybe we foolishly hoped that our love would keep her here forever.
  4. As millions of women took to Twitter last week using the hashtag YesAllWomen to share their experiences of sexual assault, I doubt anyone was thinking of Maya Angelou. There's another famous Hurston quote.
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