|The Bushnell was incredibly honored to host Dr. Maya Angelou last evening. Her words and life's teachings have been inspiration for so many.. and at 84 years old, she is continuing to teach daily and live what she teaches. Amazing. Inspiring. Humbling.
And she's funny! In her signature deep, powerful yet poetic voice, Dr. Angelou offered the advice, 'I never trust anybody who doesn't laugh,' and emphasized that life is fun, and funny, and unexpected. Regardless of the sorrow she has known, this amazing woman has achieved an incredible level of hope and optimism.
Dr. Angelou's theme of the evening was 'be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.' Words to live by, as each of us cannot foresee how our lives will directly influence the lives of others. So it is important to be kind and appreciate each of our unique lives, because 'nobody can live your life but you.'
Thank you Dr. Angelou, your legacy is no question.
Some of the poetry read by Dr. Angelou:
"Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Invictus" by William Ernest Henley
"Little Brown Baby" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"The Health Food Diner" by Maya Angelou
"Harlem Sweeties" by Langston Hughes