Maya Angelou Reads: “Still I Rise”

From Open Culture:

Above, see Maya Angelou deliver an animated reading of her famous poem, “Still I Rise,” which references many of her past lives, including lines that seem to allude to her Miss Calypso days: “Does my sexiness upset you? / Does it come as a surprise / That I dance like I’ve got diamonds / At the meeting of my thighs?” The stanza is indicative of another quality among the many she enumerates, “sassiness.” But she begins the reading on a more sober note, with a statement about human resilience, the ability to get up and face the day, despite the fears we all live with. “Wherever that abides in a human being,” she says, “there is the nobleness of the human spirit.”

Source: http://www.openculture.com/2014/05/maya-angelou-reads-still-i-rise-and-on-the-pulse-of-the-morning.html
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