There will always be individuals who, in their lifetime, achieve a staggering amount, usually against all the odds! It is sometimes easy to feel diminished by their journeys, set against one's own, but that would be ungracious and mean-spirited. We have to give thanks for having had the opportunity to share the planet with them for a while, for these people enrich our lives and, I think, Maya Angelou is one of those characters.
I mourn her loss, and thank goodness I have my copy of 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' to read and re-read. It's one of my favourite books. If you haven't read it, you must!
Radio 4's Last Word has paid a good tribute to this amazing lady. As well as everything else, she had a wonderful voice and so much to say. Have a listen.