Dr. Maya Angelou Shares One of Her Greatest Lessons

Season 4
Aired on 01/04/2015 | CC tv-14
Editor's note: We were deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Maya Angelou's passing. The following is from Dr. Angelou's January 2011 appearance on Oprah's Master Class.

When Dr. Maya Angelou considers what she's learned over the decades, a statement by the ancient Roman playwright Terence comes to mind: "I am a human being. Nothing human can be alien to me."

Dr. Maya Angelou encourages others to internalize this message. "If a human being dreams a great dream, dares to love somebody. If a human being dares to be Martin King or Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Theresa or Malcolm X. If a human being dares to be bigger than the condition into which she or he was born, it means so can you," she says.

Watch Dr. Angelou discuss this lesson in the above video.

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