The title of a recently released CNN article is “At memorial service, a CELEBRATION of Maya Angelou’s voice” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/07/us/maya-angelou-memorial-service/).
“Poetry, performance and prayer CELEBRATED the voice of literary giant Maya Angelou at a memorial service held Saturday (June 7 2014) at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina”. Again, as we know and as we have mentioned on numerous occasions, Maya Angelou WAS INDEED “a literary giant”.
“during her tribute to the CELEBRATED poet and actress“, Michelle Obama said: “She taught us that we are each WONDEFULLY MADE, intricately woven and put on this earth FOR A PURPOSE” MANY of us are still trying to figure out what our “purpose” in life is.
“Angelou, 86, died at her Winston-Salem home on May 28 (2014) . Angelou had been “FRAIL” and suffering from heart problems, her literary agent said. Angelou taught American Studies for years at Wake Forest” even though she DID NOT have a Ph.D.
“Obama did not meet Angelou until 2008, while on the campaign trail, but she said Angelou’s poem ‘PHENOMENAL WOMAN‘ had a profound impact on her life”. Mrs. Obama could have been talking about Angelou or HERSELF because BOTH ANGELOU & MICHELLE OBAMA are “phenomenal women”.
“In the service held at Wait Chapel”, Mrs. Obama said: “I was struck by how she CELEBRATED black women’s beauty LIKE NO ONE HAD EVER DARED TO (before). She also graced us with an ANTHEM for ALL women, a call to all of us to embrace our God-given beauty. How DESPERATELY BLACK girls needed that message“, “remembering that as a young girl her first doll was a white Malibu Barbie”. She said that Angelou reminded EVERYONE that ” We must each FIND OUR OWN VOICE, DECIDE OUR OWN VALUE and then announce it to the world with all the PRIDE and JOY that is our BIRTHRIGHT as MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN RACE“. This is an extension of President Obama’s 2008 victory speech that ” We are and always will be THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA“ (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnvUUauFJ98). Dr. Maya Angelou took this a step further, according to Michelle Obama: “We are all members of the human race” and therefore we must LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER, REGARDLESS OF NATIONALITY.
“Oprah Winfrey remembered her friend as THE GREATEST woman she has ever known“. “Holding back tears”, Winfrey said: “The loss I feel I CANNOT DESCRIBE. It’s like SOMETHING I’VE NEVER FELT BEFORE. She was my SPIRITUAL QUEEN MOTHER and EVERYTHING THAT THAT WORD IMPLIES. She taught me the poetry of COURAGE and RESPECT“. “respect” is in ESPECIALLY short supply these days. Some people can’t even get past the EXTREMELY MINOR issue of NAPS.
“Winfrey recalled meeting Angelou in the late 1970s, when she worked as a news reporter”. “She looked at me and said, ‘ WHO ARE YOU girl?'” MANY of us are STILL TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT…,MEN & WOMEN.
.”During his reflection”, former president Bill Clinton said: “I LOVED Maya”. A LOT of people “loved Maya”. “He said the two last met in April (2014) in Austin during a celebration of of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act”.
“Clinton recalled that he hugged Angelou and said, “I CANNOT BELIEVE that you have gotten yourself here.” He said she responded, “Just because I’m wheelchair-bound DOESN’T mean I don’t get around“. As many of us have discovered, it’s NOT a good idea to pick a fight with THE GREAT MAYA ANGELOU.
“Clinton became aware of Angelou while in college by reading her book. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” her lasting contribution to literature that bore witness to the brutality of a Jim Crow South”. “I Know Why The Caged Bird”, of course, is a classic.
“He said Angelou was always paying attention and used her voice to call attention to the things that really mattered”. “God loaned her his voice. She had the voice of GOD and he decided he wanted it back from her“.
“Actress Cicely Tyson reflected on a friendship that began in 1960, when both were in a play called “The Blacks“, which ran for THREE years”. Cicely Tyson was born in 1933 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicely_Tyson) so the relationship between her and Angelou COULD be considered “a friendship”.
Finally, “The memorial service also featured singer Lee Ann Womack performing “I Hope You Dance,” considered Angelou’s favorite song”. Well, Maya Angelou is surely “dancing” among ANGELS now.
This conclusion is another EASY one that can broken down into TWO parts. Let’s refer once again to the title: “At memorial service, a CELEBRATION of Maya Angelou’s voice”. First, notice once again that the memorial for Angelou was a CELEBRATION of her LIFE. From a PHILOSOPHICAL standpoint funerals SHOULD NOT be ALL GRIEF. On top of this WHAT A “voice” Maya Angelou had and we were BLESSED to have that “voice” for 86 years.