Maya Angelou smiles as she greets guests at a garden party at her home Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Black History Month: Quote of the Day

“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.”

“History, despite the wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

Maya Angelou was a poet, among other things, who used her work as a platform to speak her mind. She is best known for her autobiography talking about different topics and personal experiences. She has earned dozens of awards for her work. Because of the discrimination and hate, Angelou was put against, she became a civil rights activist. She has become an important figure in the civil rights movement and is now recognized as a symbol of hope.

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