Dr Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on the 4th of April 1928.

Angelou, was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  Her poems include – Phenomenal Woman and Still I rise to name a few.

Following health issues after a number of years, Angelou passed away on the 28th of May, 2014, at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  That said her legacy lives on, to this day her work continues to inspire women from all walks of life around the world.


“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.  Life’s a bitch.  You’ve got to go out and kick ass..”

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.  She goes where she will without pretence and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.”

“When you learn teach, when you get, give.”

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”

“If you don’t like something, change it if you can’t change your attitude.”

“We may encounter defeats but we must not be defeated.”

 “Success is loving life and daring to live it.”

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

“Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.”

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.  Don’t make money your goal.  Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”