Phenomenal Woman

Sad to hear that Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86.

Maya had a harsh childhood of abuse, poverty and segregation. But she overcame all that and became one of the great writers of the last 70 years.

She wrote poetry, novels, non fiction, plays and music. Amazingly she was working on another book at the time of her death. That’s really inspiring, even with all her success and at the age of 86 she still loved to write. I always loved sharing her poem “Phenomenal Woman” with students because it’s so encouraging and motivating.

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For those interested to find out more about Maya’s amazing life here’s a great obituary:


What’s your favourite Maya quote?


3 thoughts on “Phenomenal Woman

    1. David Riley Post author

      She was a great writer bro. She visited Mike Tyson in prison, shared poetry with Tupac. Very thoughtful person.

      1. otarian

        Yea bro I know those 2 facts on her… and that she sometimes would occasionally appear on Oprah. Poetry other than rap is not my thing but definitely a gifted person


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