Black History Month: DAY 18

Black History Month – Day 18

An homage to Maya Angelou.

Model: Tiffany N. Jackson

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you!” Quote by Maya Angelou… This specific quote is one that pushes me to continue to write and continuously tell the remaining story of Authoress Tiffany N. Jackson, me! Maya Angelou was one of the few who inspired me to live beyond my personal tragedies and live in purpose. To have a voice but to use it wisely and fearlessly! ~Authoress Tiffany N. Jackson

Maya Angelou was an American author, actress, screenwriter, journalist, dancer, poet and civil rights activist. She is best known for her 1969 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly talks about her personal life in a coming of age story and discusses topics such as identity, rape, racism, and literacy. On top of her career as an author, she also had a full career as a singer and a actress and became the first African American female director in Hollywood. Her creative endeavors alone give her an outstanding place in history, but she was also an activist, serving alongside big names like Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, and Gloria Steinem. Over her lifetime, she received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees– including multiple NAACP Image Awards, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album (and so many more!). The list of her accomplishments is seemingly never-ending, and to say she made an impact is an understatement. 

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