Today is the birthday of a very influential person in my life & THE Phenomenal Woman Marguerite Ann Johnson aka Maya Angelou. Born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Angelou was raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She has been instrumental not only as a remarkable Renaissance woman, poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, modern dancer, producer and director but simply as a woman & mother. Her passion and distinctive voice has taken her all over the world rubbing elbows with historical African American leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and President Obama. She has been honored globally in ways that some of us do not even dare to dream of. Dr. Angelou speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti and has received over 30 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, has received 3 Grammy Awards and her script for the play Georgia, Georgia was the first ever written by a black woman to be filmed was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Thank you, Dr. Angelou for giving so much of yourself artistically for so long, may you enjoy many more years of giving and receiving in this world, you haven’t a clue what you have done for me.