Dr. Maya Angelou was a teacher, activist, writer, and game changer whose words still echo worldwide, to this day. One of her most resounding poems is “Still I Rise”, and many parts of it can be related to a networker’s challenging but fulfilling journey. Here are three of its most moving stanzas:
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Out of the huts of history's shame
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
This week, as you continue to Dream. Ignite. Conquer., write down these words and keep them close to you!
You can watch her personally read this amazing piece here.
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