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    Posted May 28, 2014 by
    DEESCOTT
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    In Memoriam

    The Day I Fell In Love With Maya Angelou

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DEESCOTT of Pasadena, Maryland, first encountered Maya Angelou in the ‘70s while watching her on the local talk show “People Are Talking,” hosted by Oprah and Richard Sher. “I fell in love with her. I could tell just by hearing her words that she was genuine, loving, intelligent and much more,” Scott said of Angelou. One of her favorite quotes of Angelou’s is: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." “I will never forget how Maya Angelou made me feel,” Scott said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Many years ago, when Oprah Winfrey was a host on the People Are Talking Show with Richard Sher in Baltimore, MD. I was watching the show the morning she first met and interviewed Maya Angelou. I had never heard of Maya Angelou before that morning. I fell in love with her that day and when I read "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" I felt like I knew her. How can you not fall in love with her. I have read and own many of her books and books on tape. I love to hear her tell her stories.
    I had the opportunity to talk to Richard Sher a few months ago and I told him how I was introduced to her on his and Oprah's morning show years ago. I shared with him that I used to fantasize that if Oprah ever granted a wish for me, it would be to meet Maya Angelou. Mr. Sher passed this on to Oprah and she sent a message to me via email through him.
    I am so grateful to him for sharing my admiration of Maya Angelou with Oprah.
    I feel like I am one of Maya Angelou's daughters.
    One of my favorite quotes is
    "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
    I will never forget how Maya Angelou made me feel.

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