My introduction to the great work of Dr. Maya Angelou was when I was a teenager. I had checked out her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings from my school library because I wanted to know more about Maya Angelou. I had been reading a few works by African American writers such as Ernest Gaines and Zora Neale Hurston at the time. I added Maya Angelou to my reading list, but at the time, I don’t think I fully understood she was one of the greats in literature.
I remember reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and not being able to put the book down. I finished reading it in a couple of days and I couldn’t wait to read another piece of literature by Dr. Angelou. I was hooked! I was even more amazed when I discovered her poetry. Inspired!
Now today, many people quote Maya Angelou offering inspiration and wisdom in personal writings, social media, and other ways. Even Oprah called Maya Angelou her mentor!
“Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken; it’s how she did it all. She moved through the world with unshakable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love.” — Oprah Winfrey
African American Expressions and Caged Bird Legacy LLC Create Curate Maya Angelou Products
Now, this Christmas we will be able to share the late Dr. Maya Angelou’s inspiring and powerful words with family and friends this holiday season. African American Expressions (AAE) announced today they have partnered with Dr. Angelou’s son Guy Johnson (Caged Bird Legacy LLC) to create a multitude of products honoring Dr. Angelou.
AAE is the largest black-owned gift and greeting-card-company. The company is known for creating African American gifts such as the Obamas Tapestry Throw, the “Sister Friends” greeting cards set, and the 2018 “Sunday Morning” calendar.
A few products you can expect with the Maya Angelou product line:
“Still I Rise” calendar
For the first time ever, Christmas cards featuring words from Dr. Angelou’s “Amazing Peace” poem will also make a debut this year. These products are sure to make lovely holiday gifts for loved ones.
“Legacy is so important. Dr. Angelou empowered so many with her words of love, courage, and hope. With that in mind, we created a line of products that not only reflected the beauty of her remarkable spirit but products that allow everyone the chance to give that special someone the gift of her words.” — Greg Perkins, CEO of AAE
Want a sneak peek of the Maya Angelou product line?
AAE is offering a sneak peek of the products, as well as over 100 additional new products at America’s Mart in Atlanta, from July 10th through the 16th. You can get all of the details here or go to www.black-cards.com. The website will be updated when the products are available for pre-order.
Dr. Maya Angelou was truly a Phenomenal Woman. I’m looking forward to seeing the new product line! How about you?
Do you remember the first time you read one of Maya Angelou’s works? How did it make you feel?