Poet, author, and activist, Maya Angelou, whose died on Wednesday, packed a lot of living in her 86 years on this earth. She was a lady of grace, power, and peace. She touched the hearts, minds and souls of many. Especially the graduates of Quinnipiac University in 1996. Several Southbury residents had the privilege to meet her through work or school and hear her speak.
Her capacity for personal evolution—from surviving harrowing childhood trauma to thriving as an activist, memoirist, and poet—has served as a source of inspiration and hope, as have her words.