20 Century Genius Award Essay

3446 Words Apr 3rd, 2008 14 Pages
I would like to present the 20th Century Genius Award to Dr. Maya Angelou. She is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Within the rhythm of her poetry and elegance of her prose lies Angelou's unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race and Angelou captivates audiences through the vigor and sheer beauty of her words and lyrics. (Dr. Maya Angelou, The Official Website, © 2003)

A brief synopsis of the life and time of Dr Maya Angelou; she was born Marguerite
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You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise that I dance like I've got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history's shame I rise up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise bringing the gifts my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise. (Maya Angelou, 1978) This is just one of the great works of Dr Maya Angelou she has done more with her life than anyone I can think of. The one thing that I can say that I love the most about this poem is if you had any insecurities as a women, any flaws weather they be physical, emotional or mental this poem just makes you feel like the Diva you wished you could be. When I read this poem my self-esteem goes through the roof, I feel sexy, smart and capable of all things no matter how bad life seems. With all this said this is why I would like to present Dr. Angelou with this award to honor her for making me and many others feel like they are a woman’s worth. Her devotion to life, not just to African-Americans but people of all race, color and creed shows her unselfish act to educate. Her work will be a constant reminder of what one human-being can do

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