[My Twitter tribute to Maya Angelou, who is now resting in power at age 86]
Maya Angelou has always been my blueprint, the black woman writer whose work has affirmed me, whose words assured me that I was worthy of being heard. It was Maya Angelou who freed me with I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, it was Maya Angelou who helped me place first in my high school speech contest where I recited I Rise and Phenomenal Woman, it was Maya Angelou who strengthened me as I prepared to share my story in 2011 with the following mantra:
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
Thank you, Maya, my mother-writer-sister-goddess.