Upon the unfortunate news that the legendary author, poet, activist and educator, Maya Angelou, had passed away, early this morning, many wondered what her friend and confidant, Oprah Winfrey, would have to say about her demise.
Moments ago, Winfrey shared the above image of herself and Angelou and these kind words with fans on social media, “I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s,” she says. “She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her.”
“She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration,” Winfrey continued. “But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”
True words. May she rest in peace.
What are some of your fondest memories of Angelou?