Some people would let those 5 words confine, bind, and lock them down. Maya Angelou spread her wings, opened her heart, looked to the sky, and flew above. I, too, am a brown girl from Arkansas. I, too, am a phenomenal woman, in my own way. Thank you, beautiful, brave, loving, Maya, for being a light in the darkness.I can’t remember how young I was when I first read “Phenomenal Woman.” I do, however, remember reciting it in my Aunti Lil’s kitchen with fervor, confidence & attitude. That was a common poem in my family’s household. I was in 8th grade the first time I read “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” At that time Alicia Key’s first album, “Songs in A Minor,” came out and had the song “Caged Bird” on it. I was so excited that I took it to class so everyone could listen haha. I don’t know how much they actually cared, but it has stuck with me ever since. When I learned of her passing, I listened to that song. As the song says, “Why not just set her free so she can fly.”
Peace & Love!