I visited a high school earlier this year. I was conducting a poetry writing workshop. I received an email a week or so later - more like an interview from one of the girls at the school for a project that she was doing for Black History Month.
She asked a lot of questions that I had previously never thought of an answer for. One of the questions was:
Q: Who are your inspirations?
A: I'm inspired by my family.
I also am inspired by Maya Angelou, the work of Martin Luther King Jr, I'm inspired really by people that chase their dreams and follow their convictions.
That was my answer.
When I read her work it felt like she was a woman that knew more about me than I did about myself. Her honesty, transparency and love for a people has marked me for an eternity.