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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou Remembered For Her Mark on San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Since the announcement of Maya Angelou's death this morning, the country has been tweeting, blogging, and Facebooking the poems and words of wisdom that she has left us. An incredible woman, whose spirit will ripple on in the wake of her death for years to come, also left a mark on San Francisco.

In what was a little known fact (until today), some 70 years ago Maya Angelou became San Francisco's first black female street car conductor, according to NBC. And to top it off, she was only 16.

Apparently she had a penchant for uniforms, and in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she said at first she was denied the option to even fill out an application for the position. Her mother encouraged her to persevere. And soon enough, she was wearing one of those uniforms she had desperately wanted. Check out the video interview on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday.

She also had an effect on a Marin County rapper -- Tupac Shakur. He named an album after one of her poems: "Still I Rise." There's a great clip of her talking about him on YouTube, and if you get a moment today, we suggest watching that as well. Video below:

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