“There is the danger of the single story.” — Chimamanda Adichie
But no one could accuse Maya of a single story: she is a natural storyteller… And a Word Warrior.
Maya Angelou, Teacher Idealist, born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than 50 years. She received dozens of awards and over 30 honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen and brought her international recognition and acclaim. [Wikipedia, revised]
“She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds,” added Winfrey.
In some Teachers, this ability to fire the imagination can amount to a kind of genius which other types find hard to emulate. But perhaps their greatest strength lies in their belief in their students. Teachers look for the best in their students, and communicate clearly that each one has untold potential, and this confidence can inspire their students to grow and develop more than they ever thought possible. [Please Understand Me II]
Improved action, whether instrumental or interpersonal, has to be beckoned forth, led out of its hiding place so to speak, or, as inherent in the word educator, it has to be educed by an individual skilled in drawing out potentials. In this interaction the Diplomatic Initiators [Teacher Idealists] have an edge over all others, including the other Idealists. They seem uncannily able to influence those who seek to improve what they say and do at work. [Personology]
“In order to get a friend, you have to be a friend.”“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”“If a human being dares to dream a great dream, dares to love somebody, dares to be Martin King, or Mahatma Gandhi, or Mother Teresa, or Malcolm X. If a human being dares to be bigger than the condition in which she or he was born, it means so can you.”“There’s a place in you that you must keep inviolate. You must keep it pristine, clean, so that nobody has the right to curse you, or treat you badly.”“Life is life, and death is death, so I must tell the truth when I speak.”“Nothing will work unless you do.”
center: Charles Dickens, [Champion, Idealist] author, speaker; David Copperfield
upper middle right: Martin Luther King, Jr.,[Champion, Idealist] speaker, writer: Letters from a Birmingham Jail.
lower middle right: Malcolm X: [Crafter Artisan] speaker, writer, author; Autobiography of Malcolm X
lower middle left: Oprah Winfrey:[Teacher Idealist] interviewer, educator, media owner; Oprah’s Master Class
upper middle left: Chimamanda Adichie: author, lecturer; The Danger of a Single Story