While it has been a sad day with our loss of a pioneer “Maya Angelou”, it is also a day of celebration! There is no denying the impact and influence that she had on the life of humanity. I am honored to have lived in her time and to have been influenced, motivated and provoked by her work. I take comfort in knowing that I do not speak only for myself. Two years ago, I received the greatest compliment EVER in this video excerpt. Today will be the first public marker of my tribute to Maya Angelou’s influence on my life.