Oprah On Maya Angelou: “At The Heart Of Her, She Was A Teacher”

“I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”

1. After news of Maya Angelou’s death broke this morning, Oprah Winfrey released a statement saying “the world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher.”

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2. Here’s Oprah’s full statement:


“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her. She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”

3. In October 2011, Oprah also shared the powerful lesson Maya Angelou taught her about life:

4. “When you know better, you do better.”

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