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    Posted May 28, 2014 by
    Bowie, Maryland
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    The Caged Bird is Finally Free


    I first encountered Dr. Maya Angelou as a child when I watched her autobiographical film, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Being very young, I did not know who she was then, but after seeing the film, I pondered, “Who was this little girl that was abandoned, abused, who refused to speak, and finally found her voice?”


    I was not abused as a child, but I was very timid and extremely shy; thus, I could relate to Maya when she endured her period of silence. Like Maya, I did not say much, but thousands of thoughts echoed in my head. After discovering that Maya was this phenomenal writer and poet, I was inspired to transcribe my thoughts, to speak the words that I was too afraid to verbalize, by taking a pen to paper. The pen never stopped for I had so much to say. Through short stories, poems, and journaling, Maya had inspired me to find my voice.


    Throughout my life, I continued to study her works, and what I have learned is that through any misfortune, “Still, I Rise,” that I am a “Phenomenal Woman,” and that “Love Liberates” and has set me free. Rest in Peace Maya Angelou! The once caged bird is finally free.

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