Our dear friend, Dr. Maya Angelou…she taught us that we are each wonderfully made, intricately woven, and put on this earth for a purpose far greater than we could ever imagine. And when I think about Maya Angelou, I think about the affirming power of her words. She told us that our worth has nothing to do with what the world might say…She reminded us that we must each find our own voice, decide our own value, and then announce it to the world with all the pride and joy that is our birthright as members of the human race.

First Lady Michelle Obama

Maya Angelou was a towering figure of the arts who has inspired generations of people across the globe. Her life, talent and accomplishments read like an epic novel, and yet her works touched the mind and soul like few in our nation’s history. Maya’s example of overcoming almost unimaginable pain and silence to produce masterpieces that will live forever is a shining beacon for all. As she said: ‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.’

Thank you, Maya, for throwing us something back. 

Gov. Pat Quinn

Dr. Angelou was an astounding figure on the global stage who took her place daringly encouraging all those around her. She will be missed dearly. I hope her light will continue to shine through those she touched.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush

Submitted at AustinWeeklyNews.com