Debra Silva Rivera

Writer, Middle Grade

In June of 2013, I went to Winston-Salem, N.C for my niece’s college graduation. We celebrated her graduation dinner at the beautiful Grayln Estate Hotel. During my walk around the spacious property, I talked with some of the friendly staff. I asked if they could tell me what famous people visit Grayln. I was told that Orphra Winfrey visits yearly to celebrate Maya Angelou’s birthday. Maya lived in Winston-Salem. I was so excited to hear this news. Maya and Oprah partied in the same room that I was having dinner. Small world. I loved reading Maya Angelou’s books. My all-time favorite was I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings. I had recently read her latest book at the time, Mom&Me&Mom. I daydreamed of stopping in at the Grayln on Maya’s next birthday, hoping to meet her and Oprah. The following May 2014, Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86. After watching some of the news last night I woke up this morning thinking of Maya and wanting of her poetry. I remember listening to her read ‘On the Pulse of Morning’. Her inauguration poem. How uplifting and hopeful it was. I thought I’d add it to my blog. I hope you love it as much as I do.

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