During Oprah’s lifeclass 13, Maya Angelou explains that people know themselves much better than we do. That’s why it’s important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are.

Maya Angelou is an American author and poet. Maya Angelou has been called “America’s most visible black female autobiographer”. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of Maya Angelou’s first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie.

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