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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Show-Me State Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My recent trip to Missouri made me curious about women who changed America with ties to Missouri, so I went looking. Their contributions are varied and fascinating.

From Prostitute to Professor: The 7 Lessons of Maya Angelou's Messy Life

Yolanda Young | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Yolanda Young

While we now refer to Angelou as a renaissance woman, until she published I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings in her 40s, her life resembled what is referred to in ghetto parlance as a hot mess.

Celebrating Our She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.10.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Writer, actor, and activist Maya Angelou inspired generations of women with her efforts to overcome discrimination, prejudice and abuse. A woman, who didn't speak for years in her youth, became a voice for millions in her adult life; and that voice was quite lyrical.

Maya Angelou -- Master of Life

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

Maya, you were more than a master of poetry, you were a master of life -- distilling challenges, circumstances, history, segregation, revolution, loneliness, motherhood, rape, learning, work and life to their essence and escalating them to beauty through art.

In Maya Angelou's Words, Anything Was Possible

Kevin Powell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Powell

Hers was a life born of nothingness, of vicious sexual assault, of shattered boulevards and smashed glass windows. But from the muck of that life, Maya Angelou became a voice for girls, for women, and even for boys like me.

Maya Angelou's Most Moving Quotes On Faith, Prayer And God

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion

Maya Angelou spent her life as an unstoppable force for art, justice, and love. Her writing touched on themes of struggle and sadness, and often drew...

The Books of Our Lives

Rachael Berkey | Posted 05.26.2013 | Books
Rachael Berkey

The books that change our lives. It sounds like the dramatic segue into the credits of a soap opera, but it's kind of true right? There are those books that change the way you see the world, a person or yourself that stay with you forever.