During my years working in Chicago, I remember preparing for an interview with Maya Angelou and being amazed at all she had accomplished. From a tough beginning, she lived her life to the fullest. A few weeks prior to this meeting, I had seen a documentary on the civil rights movement and there was Maya Angelou with Malcolm X. It seems that she knew everybody and still did until her passing. I decided after the interview to ask her how she got to know so many of the people she hung around. Her response was “they knew me”. It was not meant in a pompous way, but it was true. There was something welcoming about this woman or maybe it’s just she was real good people, as we like to say. Maya was scheduled to be in D.C. this week. It would have been an opportunity for more to witness the greatness that was Maya Angelou. May she rest in peace.