The Triumph ProjectDr. Maya Angelou, a literary and cultural luminary, died this Wednesday. While glowing words have and will continue to be spoken about her talent, activism, and dauntless spirit, she is honored especially for her body of work. She took her own suffering and the suffering of others and, through her words, transfigured that suffering into triumphant art. Some of us in Community Relations invite you to participate in a new Project in remembrance of Dr. Angelou, one that grew out of a suggestion by Aeirmid. Together, we'll be creating art about triumph, be it personal, societal, or even hypothetical. At the end of the project, all deviations will be featured. This isn't a contest; it is a way for us to use our talents, following Dr. Angelou's example, to enrich our community. What counts as triumphant? That's up to you. It could be a non-fiction biographical account of an historic leader, or an autobiographical poem about a personal moment of triumph.
A Tribute to Maya AngelouToday, one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86. Below are some of her most influential quotations that have helped inspire me throughout my life, and hopefully they will do the same for all of you...."I'VE LEARNED THAT YOU CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT A PERSON BY THE WAY HE/SHE HANDLES THESE THREE THINGS: A RAINY DAY, LOST LUGGAGE AND TANGLED CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS.”“LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF BREATHS WE TAKE, BUT BY THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY."“PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU SAID, PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU DID, BUT PEOPLE WILL NEVER FORGET HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.”"THERE IS NO GREATER AGONY THAN BEARING AN UNTOLD STORY INSIDE YOU.”"PERHAPS TRAVEL CANNOT PREVENT BIGOTRY, BUT BY DEMONSTRATING THAT ALL PEOPLES