This story originally aired February 23, 2019.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” That’s one of the many inspirational quotes from the late Dr. Maya Angelou.
Friday night, her words were brought back to life. Actor and scholar Becky Stone portrayed the author and poet at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum in honor of Black History Month.
Angelou was one of the first African-American women to publicly discuss her personal life. The living history portrayal gives insight into Angelou’s writing and reflects on her philosophy of life, which included a strong belief in the power of words.
“This presentation is focusing on the power of words and the power of words to create, build up, or to tear down,” Stone said. “I am sharing stories from her life and some of her philosophy about how we need to be gentle in our words. It’s important what we say to each other as well as what we do.”
Angelou published seven autobiographies. He autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” tells of her life up to the age of 17, and brought her international recognition.