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    Posted May 28, 2014 by
    Norcross, Georgia
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    In Memoriam

    Thank you for being my voice


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     To MissAnderson, Maya Angelou meant 'The world. She gave me a voice when no one else could/would. She gave me courage as a young, black female child, who thought her self worth was measured by physicality. To me she meant hope!'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Dr. Maya Angelou has been an inspiration in my life for as long as I can remember.


    As a young girl growing up with negative self image issues, I felt like the world was on top of me. I thought no one understood me, not even my family. If that weren't enough to deal with as a child, I had the misfortune, like Dr. Angelou to have experienced a life-changing trauma.
    I simply wanted to die. I had no outlet to express my feelings. Then I started to read and learn about Maya Angelou when I was about 10 years olds. I learned that we shared very similiar stories. That gave me hope to go on.


    Dr. Angelou gave me courage to "show up" and "speak out". I was no longer afraid of being seen, no matter what I looked like. The life trauma that caused Maya Angelou to be silent, was the same trauma that led me to put pen to paper and write poetry. I have been writing poetry since the age of 10 as a means of expressing myself and my innermost feelings.
    Dr. Angelou gave me the hope and inspiration to do just that.
    I had the honor and privilege of meeting her in person several years ago, and it was the greatest gift I ever received.
    She is now, has always been, and will always be near and dear to my heart.


    I love you Dr. Maya Angelou and will miss you terribly.


    Thank you for ALL of the contributions you have made to society and thank you especially for giving a young black girl the hope to strive for greatness.

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