Today we join our friends around the world to celebrate the life of an incredible woman, Maya Angelou.
Remembered by President Obama as "one of the brightest lights of our time — a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman,” Ms. Angelou was presented with this country's highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2011.
While many people know her as the author of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," our memories of Ms. Angelou include her visits to Sesame Street. Whether it was playing patty cake with Elmo, introducing us to the letter N, or teaching us to be proud of who we are by standing tall and saying our name, Ms. Angelou never lost sight of her playful inner child.
Take a few minutes today to honor the life of Maya Angelou with your children. Sing along with the clip below or check out her children's book "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" from your local library.