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A Tribute to Maya Angelo by Carolyn Hayden
In 1971 I started an effort to introduce diversity to our small, not-racially-diverse college. I had the privilege of inviting Ms. Maya Angelou, who had just released her ground breaking book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" - and she miraculously accepted!
After a very successful event, while we were riding back to the airport, she asked me, "So . . . who are you?" I couldn't really answer because I didn't really know.
I started to tell her that my husband played basketball, I was babysitting, etc. - when she interrupted me and repeated the question with the emphasis on the word "you." It took me a long time to answer. I stumbled over my response. She looked at me and said,
"Don't let your circumstances define you."
I have never forgotten those words and let them guide me throughout my life. Here's to you, Maya Angelou, for touching my life in those few short minutes so profoundly.
A Tribute to Paula Jones by Cydney Jones
My mom. She is a trailblazer if I ever saw one. At 73, she decided to go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. So, even though she's officially "retired", she decided to pursue this life long goal and enrolled at Cal State Long Beach. With a metal rod in her hip and a cane to keep her steady, she makes it across campus two days a week, unbothered by the 20-something-year-old students breezing by her.
At $25 per credit, I promptly advised her that I would pay her college tuition, as she so lovingly did for me! It may take her a while as she admits her memory is not what it used to be, the courage and tenacity to take on such a venture makes her my forever trailblazer.
"Never Too Late"