The first time I head of Maya Angelou was through Oprah's Book Club selection, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, in 1993. And then, when I watched her in How to Make An American Quilt I was smitten with her voice. From an extremely challenging early life, including a stint as a prostitute, she blossomed to receive her doctorate and to share her wisdom with millions of people around the world. In the 1990's she became the first person to recite her poetry at a presidential inauguration since Robert Frost in the 1960's. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, continued her education as a single mother, and wrote about racism, identity, family and travel. She always claimed that it was her ability to listen and observe the world around her which led to her success in life.