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"Celebrated poet, memoirist, dramatist, actor, producer, filmmaker, and civil rights activistMaya Angelou (b. April 4, 1928) endures as one of the most influential literary voices of our time and a testament to the tenacity — creative, social, spiritual — of the human spirit. From her extraordinary autobiographiesto her beautiful essays to her lesser-known children’s verses, Angelou has served as an inspiration to generations. To generations of women in particular, her poem“Phenomenal Woman,” found in the sublime and soul-lifting 1978 poetry volumeAnd Still I Rise (public library), became an anthem of empowerment, and nowhere does it come to life more beautifully than as it pours out from Angelou’s own lips, who recites her iconic poem in this rare recording:" Excerpt from Brainpickings