Ellie Drake shares the wisdom she received when interviewing Dr. Maya Angelou at her home in North Carolina.

“Dr. Maya told me to sit up” says Ellie Drake. Ellie expresses how “sitting up” is essential when it comes to following our purpose, trusting our intuition and actualizing results.

Watch as Ellie read the personal letter she received from Dr. Maya and highlights its significance in her own life so far.

Parts of Dr. Angelou’s poems ‘Phenomenal Woman’ and ‘Still I RISE’ are expressed in this video to highlight the value of voice especially when it’s expressed from the heart not the head.

Throughout her life, Dr. Maya Angelou lead the way as a highly intellectual woman, loving mother and an inspiration to many. “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” said Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a writer and civil rights activist and is known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. In 1971, Dr. Angelou published the Pulitzer Prize-nominated poetry collection Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die. She later wrote the poem “On the Pulse of Morning”—one of her most famous works—which she recited at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. Maya Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009. She passed away on May 28, 2014.

Ellie Drake is a Visionary, Doctor and Entrepreneur. Through her videos and interviews, she shares the Art and Science of Thriving Personally and Professionally. Her most recent course teaches the roadmap to becoming a Confident Communicator.

To learn more about Ellie’s Confident Communicator Course, go to The Confident Communicator

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