An Unforgettable Evening ...

"When you learn, teach. At our best we are all teachers." – Dr. Maya Angelou

This past Wednesday evening my mom and I had the blessed honor of hearing Dr. Maya Angelou speak at UCLA's Royce Hall. It was the most riveting, inspiring 60 minutes I've ever experienced. I remember watching Oprah's series Master Class with Maya Angelou recently and her voice and words were so penetrating I couldn't help but be consumed with not just inspiration, but another level of human understanding. I watched it three days in a row. And each time felt like the first. Her experiences through her words and voice simply make you want to do good, be good and see good. So you can imagine how I felt actually seeing her live and sitting less than 50 ft. from her on stage (our seats were amazing) listening to her every word and falling into her every gesture. It was surreal. So much so that I got emotional a few times. This is a woman to be. She's an amazing example of intelligence, resilience and triumph.

If you have time over the weekend you can watch excerpts from her Master Class episode here. The longest one is about 80 seconds, but in those seconds you'll see precisely what I mean.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Group hug:)

Photo: Academy of Achievement (Getty images)

9 comments:

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Haydee, you are so wildly lucky! I wish I could have seen Ms. Angelou speak in person. Have a great weekend!

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Lucky girl. happy weekend.

rebecca said...

i got to hear her speak when i was in college. she's amazing right?

the brunette said...

i loved her master class - wish i had it on DVD so i could have it with me forever! i especially loved "i am a human being nothing human can be alien to me." seriously one of the most profound things i have heard in ages...

Happenstance said...

Rebecca: Yes, absolutely amazing. So you know exactly what I mean. Very cool:)

Brunette: Yes! I love that quote too! In fact, it was between that one and the one I chose. I hope her Master Class comes out on DVD too!

Elsa May said...

this looks really interesting - thanks for the links!

bink and boo said...

Wow, what an amazing experience. Lucky gal.

sara said...

oooh! thanks for the link. what great inspiration for a monday morning.

Claire Gibson King said...

I just listened to her bit about LOVE, and it was just so pure and fabulous and I will take that message with me and try to practice it. Thanks for sharing...looking forward to hearing more of her stories.

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