Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou January 21, 2015 by admin Leave a Comment When I was a teenager I had the pleasure of meeting a woman whose words would change my life. I was called a spic in her presence and unlike the other adults there she didn’t ignore the comment. On the contrary she pointed out the individual’s ignorance and he winded up being feeling ashamed for trying to degrade me. That was my first time learning of the sisterhood of women. For the next few hours I listened to her speak and her words were like music. She was an eloquent orator, yet graceful in her delivery. After her presentation I spoke to her and she put her hand over my hand and told me she understood. I was a minority student at a boarding school in New England and experienced racism on a daily basis. I learned about the horrible era of the Jim Crow South and what she went through. She knew exactly how painful it can be when individuals use words as weapons. I felt like I was looking at myself in the mirror as she shared how those experiences made her feel. As the tears flowed my face she told me I was a pioneer, my presence was opening the doors for other students of color in the future. She told me those experiences would help strengthen my character and give me thick skin. She told me I would grow up to be a strong Latina leader and help others. She told me never to forget my community because we can make a difference. I read all her books, and was inspired by this phenomenal lady. Thank you Maya for giving me a few moments of your time and telling I’d be someone important. Sometimes those are the words a teenager needs to hear to believe in themselves. I had a successful career in Corporate America, I’m a wife and a mother of two wonderful boys, helped children as a Foster mom for over nine years, and now help individuals as a Certified Results Life Coach. I hope I made you proud my Sister and may you rest in peace. Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was a writer, poet, actor, director, film and television producer, mom, professor, dancer, activist but when I met her all I knew was that she was a caring person. Having someone believe in you can make all the difference in the world.