Maya Angelou

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Friday, May 30, 2014

“THERE is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Half of the world’s population who have been awakened to stand for their rights could be mourning a great loss over the passing of an exemplary woman who became their voice; who have, for years, captivated the world with her courage and wisdom in promoting the cause of women.

Nay, perhaps, women across the globe could be celebrating the life of Maya Angelou, 86, who has become an icon of hope for women’s struggle in this patriarchal world that persist to exist up to the present time. Hers is a life that is fully lived, not without the discrimination and prejudice that she had to endure in the early years of her existence, when she underwent the most trying times of her life.


Not only did Angelou overcome the challenges of being a woman in her time having been subjected to the cruelest of treatment when she was violated by the boyfriend of her mother, she rose above her tragedies.

Through the years, her writings have taken society to task, as she confronted the “devil” personified by the kind of system in society that puts women under the control of the male species.

By speaking out about the life she had lived where women were considered as just among men’s possession, Maya Angelou had put a ‘dangerous’ idea of resistance among women who yearned to be free from the shackles of slavery and servitude.

But there’s no stopping her in inspiring women all over the world to be upright in claiming their birth right, to be free from fear, ignorance and above all, from the bondage of the so-called ‘cultural’ dictates that emanated from the early dictates of male ‘supremacy.’

That is why, Maya Angelou will live forever because her thoughts and her dreams are living and free with us, in today’s women who continue to believe that women deserves emancipation.

More than anytime in society’s development, Angelou’s spirit is much needed today especially among today’s generation, when human trafficking are stalking women especially in developing countries where the capitalist systems are decaying.

And freeing herself from the agony of stories building up inside her in her younger days, Angelou came forth with a vengeance when she wrote autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than 50 years.

Rightfully so, she had won the cause of billions of women the world over who continue to languish in decadent societies, in situations where survival is only for the fittest, and have succeeded in awakening and liberating these women, time and again…

Marguerite Annie Johnson as Maya Angelou was christened will live forever and will continue to put fire into women’s struggle no matter what.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 31, 2014.


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