Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou (née Marguerite Johnson) born St. Louis, MO April 4, 1928. Poet, civil rights leader.


Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
("A Brave and Startling Truth" poem on 50th anniversary of United Nations)

"The honorary duty of a human being is to love."

"We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate—thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising." (; photo academy of achievement)