#MayaAngelou: Phenomenal Woman

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Maya Angelou

When we learned of the death of Dr. Maya Angelou we at BK Nation decided to spend the entire day pulling together a diverse group of voices to honor and celebrate the passing of this giant of a shero. We worked without a break editing blogs, researching photos and videos of Ms. Angelou from various stages of her 86 years on this planet, created a timeline of her life, and have also included a listing of her literary works, and reflections by the famous and not famous. It is our humble hope that this tribute will be read, heard, shared by you, and that we’ve captured, in some small way, the beauty and the power of this incredible force gone but never forgotten.
—Kevin Powell, president and cofounder of BK Nation

This special tribute of blogs, videos, poems, quotes, a timeline & more, was produced by the BK Nation Editorial Team (Kevin Powell, Michael Cohen, Mia Legg) and interns (Caleb Bloomfield, Angela Bukur, Krystal Flowers, Brittany Henderson, Khari Randall, Cameron Wade and Ben Weitz).

She Gave Me My Name
By Mia Legg

Why The Caged Bird Still Sings
By Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D.

A Tribute to #MayaAngelou
By Angela Bukur

REFLECTIONS on Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Walking Along Beach

An LGBTQ Appreciation
By Mark Zustovich

Tribute and Light to #MayaAngelou
By Jana Lynne Umipig

TIMELINE of Maya Angelou’s Life and Legacy

Maya Angelou and Bill Clinton

Maya Angelou and Pres. Bill Clinton

Maya Angelou: A Phenomenal Woman
By Kevin Powell

In Memory of Maya Angelou
By Dr. Walter Greason

QUOTES from Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

I Need to Walk Outside
By David Bradburn

Maya and My Thighs: A Tribute to Maya Angelou
By Dominique Morisseau

VIDEO AND AUDIO of Maya Angelou

Maya and Malcolm X

R.I.P. Maya Angelou
By Keith Chow

From Gravity Comes the Grief
By Dr. Jerry Ward

POETRY from Maya Angelou


On the Passing of Dr. Maya Angelou
By Dr. Chisara N. Asomugha

Angelou Gifted Me the Audacity to Saunter
By Mahogany Browne


Angelou at 15

Angelou at 15

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
By Jocelyn Womack

When I Heard of #MayaAngelou’s Passing
By Christina Stopka-Rinnert

Maya Angelou, Bill Clinton's Inauguration

Maya Angelou, Pres. Bill Clinton’s Inauguration

Maya Angelou: In the Moment, The Morning Maya Died
By April R. Silver

A Zeitgeist of the People: How #MayaAngelou Touched You and Your Heroes
By Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar

Maya Angelou: Making it Plain
By C. Liegh McInnis

Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou dance at the The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.

In Your Words of Wisdom’s Love (Dr. Maya Angelou)
By Martin Daws

Maya Angelou’s Perfect Moment
By Jeff Vespa

Tribute to Maya Angelou
By Ja A. Jahannes