May 28, 2014 by Reader's Connection
Her first volume of autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which helped to make the country aware of this woman’s many gifts, was the first in a series, followed by:
She was a poet–asked to read at Bill Clinton’s first inaugural–and a much-traveled public speaker. I remember seeing her at the St. Peter Claver Center here in Indianapolis in 1981, and her presentation was so startling that I moved to California and tried to be a Buddhist monk. Hard to explain.
Oprah Winfrey cited Angelou as a mentor, and I think she was an inspiration to a generation or two of . . . you can fill in this blank however you want: women, African-Americans, African-American women . . . but at this moment of her passing, I’ll just say that she inspired a multitude of readers.