Maya Angelou (1928-2014) Poet, Writer, Author, Civil Rights Activist, Playwright, Dancer, Actress, Singer & Lecturer

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," prolific words from the remarkable force, known as Maya Angelou.  Indeed the poet, writer, author, civil rights activist, playwright, dancer, and singer has left a blistering affect on humankind with her wisdom, poetry, and prose. This legendary powerhouse has written more than 36 books 17 of which were bestsellers),  has traveled the world before the age of 30, spoke 4 different languages, and was the first female and African American to recite a poem at a Presidential Inauguration.  Throughout her career, she has gracefully demonstrated a remarkable ability to translate the African American experience, highlighting its struggles, strengths, humanity, and dignity.  In 2011, President Barack Obama bestowed upon her the honorary Presidential Medal of Freedom.