May 28 2014

Tracey Jackson

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SHE KNEW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS AND SHE TWEETED

SHE KNEW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS AND SHE TWEETED

America lost one of its great citizens yesterday.  Poet, writer, civil rights activist and all around amazing grace gal Maya Angelou died at the age of 86.

Her work touched people across all socio-ecomnomic and racial divides. Though she first became famous for writing about her personal experiences of growing up in the Jim Crow south, her openness, heartfelt prose and ability to wrangle the human experience in her own poetic language touched people all over the world for decades.

I did not know she Tweeted.   It turns out she only tweeted 255 times. But those tweets capture the essence of who she was, what she stood for and what she felt about life.

 

I am grateful for everything, I stay in an attitude of gratitude. 

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

Events may come that will change things, but you must decide you will not be reduced by them.

I’m blessed to be excited everyday, because this is a day I’ve never seen before.

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.

Dignity really means that I deserve the best treatment I can receive, that I have the responsibility to give the best treatment to others.

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”

Her final tweet appeared May 23, just five days ago.

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This was inspired by an article that appeared in The Cut online by Allison P. Davis

 

 

Tracey Jackson

Tracey Jackson is a screenwriter and blogger at traceyjacksononline.com. Her book Gratitude and Trust is now available.