Why Maya Angelou Shared Her Sexual Past

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:50
Submitted by Carlin Ross
Maya as a teen

I miss Maya Angelous more with each passing day. Sometimes you don't realize how important someone is until their energy passes into another plane.

The blogosphere has been a buzz with stories about her early days as a sex worker. Yes, she was a sex worker and, no, she didn't try to hide her past. In her own words:

"I wrote about my experiences because I thought too many people tell young folks, 'I never did anything wrong. Who, Moi? - never I. I have no skeletons in my closet. In fact, I have no closet.' They lie like that and then young people find themselves in situations and they think, 'Damn I must be a pretty bad guy. My mom or dad never did anything wrong.' They can’t forgive themselves and go on with their lives. So I wrote the book Gather Together in My Name [about her past as a sex worker]."

It takes real courage to share all of yourself with humanity. I'm downloading Gather Together in My Name as we speak.


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