Favorite Maya Angelou story

One of my favorite stories is from Maya Angelou – she said that when she was about 20 years old…she was walking down the street beside her mother…and her mother stopped, turned to her and said: "Maya, I think you are the greatest woman I’ve ever met. Mary McLeod Bethune, Eleanor Roosevelt and my mother…you’re in that category." Her mother then walked across the street and got in her car. Maya said that she thought: Suppose she’s right? Suppose I am really going to be somebody?”  She then decided that she would stop smoking, drinking, and cursing - and live up to that. I have said those same words to our daughter, Elaine. She is the most amazing woman that I’ve ever known.

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  • Kaitlyn Barnes

    This is the first time I’ve heard this story and I can’t stop reading it because I like it so much. It is so inspiring to hear these words and realize how much a positive phrase can impact a young women, empowering her to take action on her goals and be the best she can be. Thanks for sharing stories like these!

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