By Trina Otero
Dr. Maya Angelou, 1928-2014, paved the way for poets, women, and the disenfranchised, bringing a powerful voice and tenacity that demanded attention to the power of written and spoken word. She changed the perception of women, African-Americans, and countless others with words and a voice that could not be ignored. Her poems showed strength and wisdom that continues to inspire bravery and creativity to this day. The literary community lost more than an icon — we lost a mother, the matriarch of our generation of writers. We at Word as Bond will cherish and follow the lead that Dr. Angelou has set before us. Ashay.