Maya Angelou. The author's work and message captured and encompassed both women's and minorities' struggles for civil rights in the United States and across the globe. I am gratefully honored to have heard her speak in person when back in 1998, Dr. Angelou visited Austin Peay State University here in Clarksville. It was my Senior year of High School that a small group of students and faculty took a bus from my home town to attend the event late at night. I remember on the ride back one teacher commenting on how attending should have been mandatory for all the students who had troubles in our small town with race relations. Her presence was tremendously inspiring but more than that- it was poignantly sincere and human. Her reach moved beyond race and gender and to the human spirit in general. In Memoriam, I drew a portrait of the author, poet and creative this morning to honor her memory here at DREGstudios...
Here are some process pictures from the DREGstudios Instagram along with some lasting words of Maya Angelou....
"Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God."
"If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."