Wit's End . . . Notes from the Principal
This past week, the world lost a woman of substance. The voice of Maya Angelou was silenced when Ms. Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86.
What a magnificent life and career she had. She was an actor, poet, essayist, director, and producer of many plays, movies, and television programs. She received an incredible 30 honorary doctoral degrees. A prolific writer her entire life, she might be most famous for a series of seven autobiographies, the first of which, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought her international acclaim when it was published in 1969. From the moment I read that work, I became a fan. It was a book I enjoyed teaching and discussing with my ninth grade students for more than 20 years.
Ms. Angelou was a champion of women, young women, and a theme throughout her work was the importance of finding one's voice. She was encouraging, positive, outspoken, but always hopeful that the best was ahead. And she was joyous! No better way to close the school year than to share a few of her words to inspire every class of students at Mercy.