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    Posted May 28, 2014 by
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    was taught about being a "Phenomenal Woman"

    I had to memorize and recite a speech in front of my English class. I struggle with severe anxiety and just the thought of doing that made me breathe heavy. After sharing the poem with someone I was very close with I was told "just pretend like you're reading it to yourself." That put the poem into a whole new light for me. It made me feel the need to stand up tall and show everyone I was indeed a Phenomanal Woman. And that was a feeling I had never felt before. Maya Angelou's works were so powerful for me. They literally changed my life. I may not have fully realized it until I was older but, she really taught me what it meant to be a Phenomenal Woman.
    Thank you Ms. Angelou
    And rest in paradise<3
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