Maya Angelou: Beautifully Confident

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Marguerite Annie Johnson was born April 4, 1928. You might now her as Maya Angelou. She was a great American civil rights activist, memoirist and known best for her poetry. She wrote for over 50 years. Her published work consists of several poetry books, three essay books, several autobiographies, and a list of movies, plants and television shows.

She was born and lived though a lot of discrimination. She had to live through the Jim Crow South. Living through such conditions inspired her to be an activist for social injustice. She used her literature to share her beliefs. Her most famous work was “Cage Bird”. It was a metaphoric poem about whites and African American during the civil rights movement. She brought a lot of light to the dire situation. It was written in the middle of the civil rights era, 1969.

Another famous poem that she wrote was “Phenomenal Women”. It's a celebration of women. It's a poem about a confident woman who doesn't care what mean thing of her. It's in empowering poem that has been published hundreds times over.

The video is of the poem, listen to it and see if it strikes a cord with you. Here it is so you can follow along:

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.”

By: Maya Angelou 


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