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    In Memoriam

    My Two Days with Dr. Angelou

    My Two Days with Dr. Angelou

    Dr. Maya Angelou, May you rest in peace. The two days I was blessed to work with you were life changing. Your lessons have uplifted me in times of sorrow & your words taught me to be a better person.

    I was working as costumer on a film Madea's Family Reunion a Tyler Perry film. I was so nervous to work with such a great woman that I admired. Being on set when she read her poem was like God had shone a light on set, the room was still and so quiet. The last day she was on set, I missed lunch and camped outside her trailer in 40C/104F degree heat for her to sign my books. Finally I was allowed in her trailer and she sat there with a glass of red wine smiling that beautiful smile of hers. I fumbled with my words to ask her for a picture and tell her how grateful I was to work with her, she said, 'Young lady, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK.' I thought ok I have officially been schooled by Dr. Angelou! As I went to take a picture with her, she was seated and I leaned down for the picture she snapped at me, "Young lady, Stand erect, bow to no one but God." Deep down I thought, but YOU ARE MAYA ANGELOU of course I should bow to you, but she taught me a great lesson that moment. We are all equal.

    I am so grateful for that time with her, it was life changing. What an incredible spirit may her words live on to inspire us all!

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