And so the entire world is waving, saying goodbye for now, to one of its great treasures: Maya Angelou. This week I wrote a short post on giving Eve back her agency, empowering God's daughters, made in his image, to serve on his behalf. I believe that silencing or marginalizing women keeps them from living out the purpose for which they are created.
The life of Maya Angelou serves as a watchword, an example of a woman who leaned into her agency, giving voice to the sadness and beauty of life, seeking to tell the truth.
On her mother, Angelou stated: "She knew it was dangerous for me not to speak."
And so Maya Angelou would become not only a writer and a poet, then, but a prophet:
"I found that I knew not only that there was God but that I was a child of God, when I understood that, when I comprehended that, more than that, when I internalized that, ingested that, I became courageous," she told The Times-Picayune.
"I dared to do anything that was a good thing. I dared to do things as distant from what seemed to be in my future.
"If God loves me, if God made everything from leaves to seals and oak trees, then what is it I can't do?"
What have you learned from the life and words of Maya Angelou?