Legacies in Black Literature: Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison

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  • Sula
  • Song of Solomon
  • Phenomenal Woman
  •  Beloved
  • Presidential Medal of Arts
  • Medals of Freedom
  • Legacy
  • It's an Honor
  • The Highest Honor
  • Still I Rise
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie
  • The Bluest Eye
  • “On the Pulse of The Morning”

Phenomenal Woman

“It’s the fire in my eyes,   

And the flash of my teeth,   

The swing in my waist,   

And the joy in my feet.   

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.”

— Excerpt from “Phenomenal Woman”

Maya Angelou spoke to women across the globe with each line of her uplifting and empowering poem “Phenomenal Woman.” Angelou won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio recording of the poem.

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