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June 08, 2014

Maya Angelou On Language

One of the remarkable aspects of language is when someone, in this case, Maya Angelou, speaks with authority.

Love her or hate her, there is no one quite like...

...Maya Angelou.

Thanks to the internet, anyone can listen to her speak or give a reading.

I encourage you to listen to how she uses language, but not only language. She uses her voice in a way that few, if any, of us do.

Here's an article on her use of language - http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/05/29/maya_angelou_language_how_the_poet_s_words_reflect_both_african_american.html.

If you're not familiar with Maya Angelou and her legacy, take a look at this Youtube video memorial from Oprah Winfrey among many others - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnDksFKT7bc.

There are few among us who have even encountered a voice as strong as Maya Angelou's. I encourage you to listen and speak as powerfully as she has shown us all.

For a little more perspective, take a look at this video of nine words that impacted Maya Angelou - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9QJDk3L0eo.

Speaking as authentically as Maya Angelou is not easy, but is an earned ability that will serve you well.

Posted by mmorf at June 8, 2014 10:35 PM


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