This past week we lost a great person, in Maya Angelou, who passed away at the age of 86. Maya was known for her writing, her poetry, and her spirit, all of which guided her through a difficult and traumatic childhood into an adulthood filled with tribulations and later acclaim.
It is often said that with the mass communication brought about by social media, everyone is talking but no one is listen. When Maya spoke though, everyone listened. She spoke from experience, with care, and to everyone; her voice, both writing and public, was crafted from a lifetime of challenges and perspective.
Of her many remarkable accomplishments, becoming the first United States female poet laureate speaks both to her talent and position. In her inauguration speech for President Bill Clinton in 1993, she read “On the Pulse of the Morning”, saying
“The horizon leans forward, Offering you space to place new steps of change. Here, on the pulse of this fine day You may have the courage To look up and out upon me, the Rock, the River, the Tree, your country.”
You can watch her recite the whole poem below
FEDU is acutely aware of how challenges and impediments to early education can stunt a future learning and exploration, so the courage that Maya Angelou displayed inspires us and reminds us to keep working. We will miss you and words.