This past week, 85 year old Maya Angelou received a lifetime achievement award at a gala at the New York Public Library. While Angelou sang and lectured, she also spoke of overcoming adversity. Angelou referred back to a time when there was, “a town so prejudiced black people couldn’t even eat vanilla ice cream,” (AP) and yet despite that, Angelou went on to be an accomplished author, poet, dancer, and actress, on top of selling millions of copies of her book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”


“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently.” –Maya Angelou