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Share Your Thoughts and Memories of Dr. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is pictured in her home in this undated photo.
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” 
Photo Credit: Moneta Sleet, Jr./ Ebony Collection via AP Images

When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors.

--Maya Angelou-When I Think of Dying

Dr. Maya Angelou's influence is immeasurable. Today, as we mourn her passing, we take a moment to reflect on the love she exemplified in her work, the fearlessness she cultivated in all who were exposed to her work, and how she, a teen mom and victim of childhood molestation, was a true reflection of rising against the odds.

Do you remember your first encounter with a piece of poetry or book by Maya Angelou? Have you carried her words with you ever since? Share your thoughts and memories of her with us below.

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