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04 June 2014 Written by  Grace Boateng

Still I Rise: Maya Angelou

“You don’t want modesty, you want humility. Humility comes from inside out. It says someone was here before me and I’m here because I’ve been paid for. I have something to do and I will do that because I’m paying for someone else who has yet to come.” Maya Angelou

Hailed as a globally influential voice, Dr. Maya Angelou was a true renaissance woman. When I got word Dr. Angelou would be honored at this year’s MLB Beacon Awards, I was thrilled at the prospect of meeting her. Sadly, Dr. Angelou passed away on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. Almost prophetically, Dr. Angelou pre-recorded a video that was shared at the event. I was honored to watch what may have been her last known recorded message.  

She danced, she wrote, she directed, she taught, she mentored, but most of all she lived her life fully and purposefully.  

“What I would really like said about me is that I dared to love. By love I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound it encourages us to develop courage and build bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings.” Dr. Angelou touched many lives and her words and story will live on to touch and inspire many more. Well said Maya, and well done.