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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Writer & world-renowned humanitarian

A lifelong self-directed learner, Maya Angelou is a poet, educator, journalist, historian, dancer, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer, and director who tirelessly encourages others to develop the best that is in them. It isn’t surprising that she became a Montessori parent.

In her keynote address at the AMS 2007 Annual Conference, she spoke about courage. It takes courage to speak honestly. It takes courage to advocate for peace. It takes courage to rear open-minded, curious children in uncertain times. Montessorians like Maya Angelou know that the Earth’s survival depends on us finding the courage to do all these things.

Dr. Angelou holds a lifetime position as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She has authored 12 best-selling books, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

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