She leaves a great hole behind and left the world a better place for sharing her experiences and words.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
"It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody."
I didn't know much about her, so I did a basic Wikipedia search. It turns out she was a former prostitute.
Not sure it's in the entry, but Angelou was, among her many occupations, San Francisco's first black female streetcar conductor.
She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, nightclub dancer and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. From 1982, she taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she held the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. She also served as a board of trustees member for historically black Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC until her death. Maya Angelou - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK