“You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

Maya Angelou wrote this statement in her 2008 book, Letter To My Daughter.  Her own life was certainly filled with challenges, including being sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend when she was 7 years old and becoming a mother at age 16.  But she went on to great acclaim as an author and performer.  Her papers are available at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.