“Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
—Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”
Like millions around the world, I am mourning the passage of the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou. Hers was an extraordinary journey from mute child to one of the most eloquent orators of our time. A remarkable Renaissance woman, she shared her legendary wisdom and life lessons with such poetic clarity and easy familiarity that we thought she was speaking directly to each one of us. And she was—many of us recite her words as mantras to give us the courage to take risks, to create art, or to open our fragile hearts; or to love ourselves as women, as African-American women, or as single mothers.