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International Women’s Day-‘Still I Rise’
Dr. Maya Angelou was a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. Angelou had the unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race. She captivated audiences through the vigor and sheer beauty of her words and lyrics. (Excerpt MayaAngelou.com)
This ‘International Women’s Day’ we are proud to honor and celebrate an amazing poet, and human being by sharing the powerful poem of Dr. Maya Angelou, in her own voice, entitled ‘Still I Rise’. A women’s anthem for many, a gift for all women.
Complete Poem (‘Still I Rise’ By Maya Angelou)
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
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?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Note: Written lyrics from 'The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou' may vary slightly from her spoken word.
Bio Content Source: MayaAngelou.com