Although I do not think this dynamic, creative woman could ever have been caged, she absolutely sang with the voice of an angel! Even from a young age she spread her wings to fly places most people would never even think to go, breaking barriers and breaking free from a tragic, trying past, turning her pain and experiences into beauty and inspiration.
Maya Angelou passed away this morning, leaving a void in the world, yet also leaving us a legacy of all her works and words, advocacy and accomplishments.
PBS's Tavis Smiley Show will pay tribute to Maya Angelou at 6:30 p.m. tonight on KBDI channel 12 (so set your DVRs), and CNN, BBC, and the Los Angeles Times have all posted lovely tribute articles about Dr. Angelou online.
For even more information about this amazing woman please check out all of the books, eBooks, audio books, DVDs, memoirs, cookbooks, and more written by or about Maya Angelou available at your Denver Public Library.
For a sample of her powerful work listen to this YouTube video from CNN of the poet reciting "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Clinton's 1993 inauguration - beautiful, moving, inspirational!