On Wednesday, America lost a national treasure with the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. The poet, author, Civil Rights activist, feminist, and Medal of Freedom recipient died at her home in Winston-Salem. She was 86.
I’m not going to pretend that I have the scope or even the resources today to memorialize one of the most important figures in the past century of American history – a woman whose works are taught everywhere from elementary school to graduate programs. There will undoubtedly be plenty of powerful, insightful tributes by much more accomplished writers for our fallen peer.
What I will do is share some of the condolences passing through Twitter. It’s always interesting to see the reactions from athletes and celebrities when a major event occurs. Twitter, usually known for it’s snark and swarm, becomes a bouquet service (even the Iron Sheik plays nice). Here is a sampling of some condolences passed to Dr. Angelou.
You will be missed, @DrMayaAngelou… thank you for your wisdom and love.
— Donte’ Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou God Bless … http://t.co/FkqznAUspR
— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) May 28, 2014
RIP to one of the greatest women this world has ever known. Thank you Maya Angelou for all of the gifts and knowledge you gave us…
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) May 28, 2014
What “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” did for me as a writer, as a black woman…just forever grateful. Rest in peace #MayaAngelou
— Christina Coleman (@ChrissyCole) May 28, 2014
“The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.” ~Maya Angelou pic.twitter.com/pubS8xKhwI
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) May 28, 2014
RIP Maya Angelou I love you forever
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 28, 2014
— Wake Forest Sports (@DemonDeacons) May 28, 2014
For E: Don’t show me frogs and snakes And listen for my scream If I’m afraid at all it’s only in my dreams –Maya Angelou
— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) May 28, 2014
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 28, 2014
Today we honor Dr. Maya Angelou… pic.twitter.com/Zh0Myl07eK
— John Edward (@psychicmediumje) May 28, 2014
#MayaAngelou took me on my very first trip to Africa as a kid. We’ve been like mother and son since. What a life, what a legacy.
— Tavis Smiley (@tavissmiley) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou is my hero. She gave me courage to love myself and others. Her life was a gift to so many.
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) May 28, 2014
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou.
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) May 28, 2014
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” Maya Angelou – who was utterly amazing.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 28, 2014
#RIP Maya Angelou, who reminded us “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within”
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) May 28, 2014
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – RIP Maya Angelou
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) May 28, 2014
“Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.”—Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman whose words will serve to lift our souls forever.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 28, 2014
RIP Maya Angelou!! God Bless you and keep you!!
— ☆OMAROSA☆ (@OMAROSA) May 28, 2014
— maria menounos (@mariamenounos) May 28, 2014