With gratitude for her startling and resonant voice,
NPQ remembers Maya Angelou, dead at 86,
with an excerpt from one of her own extraordinary calls to activism and a fully lived life:
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You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?”