Maya Angelou said: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." On May 28th, the world lost this inspirational poet and activist. In her 86 years, she certainly succeeded in her mission.
At the Canton Free Library, we invite you to celebrate Maya Angelou’s life by checking out her poetry and memoirs. Angelou’s most famous work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells the story of her early years as she struggled to overcome racial mistreatment, low self-esteem and abuse. Published in 1969, this memoir has been challenged and banned in some schools and libraries in response to its graphic content. However, Angelou’s story is also one of hope. Her love of literature helped her transform her life. Her life story continues in six following memoirs.