Samara O'Shea

“Hold those things that tell your history and protect them.” ~ Maya Angelou

Poet and sage Maya Angelou has decided to give her life on paper to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture–a branch of the New York Public Library. 343 boxes worth of personal papers and documents will be preserved and put on display for generations to marvel at and learn from.

I became a fan of Maya just this year as I read three of her memoirs, beginning with her most famous: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I am thrilled to know that there is much more to come in the way of unfolding the life of this extraordinary woman. Read more over at the NY Times. Here’s an image of a letter written from Malcolm X to Miss Maya: