The Words of Maya Angelou

Today we celebrate the Life of Maya Angelou and the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   These two beautiful human beings left their words for which we can live and learn.

They are more poignant now under the wave of Nationalism taking hold of our Country.  The wave has spread great fear among many in our Country.   We will Rise!

Still I Rise by Dr. Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise

Dr. King…Your dream is still alive in many!


Dear Senator…I Finally Finished A Book

I finally finished “Dear Senator” and it feels great.  I’m Back!  I would recommend this book to anyone.  What a complex story of family this was and the beautiful grace of Essie Mae Washington-Williams was astounding.


I didn’t know much about Senator Thurmond but her book gives him a degree of humanity that I wasn’t expecting.  She lived an amazing life and had a beautiful family.

Like so many books I read there are sometimes a catalyst that bring it to my attention.  This time it was the sad passing of Mrs. Williams on February 4, 2013.  She was 87 years-old.  I’m glad that she finally got to tell the world her story and her relationship with her father.  Her love and respect for the man who so few got to see really made me understand the secret she kept and why she kept it until after he had passed.

It’s worth the read if you get a chance.

p.s.  I usually put links to more information when talking about people or places but I think for Mrs. Williams a link would be cold and to read her book would give you more a connection to the person she was and her legacy.