In which my friend Cora tells the truth: embodying heresy.
In the best way.
“For ten years I stayed silent…” So glad she’s speaking now:
“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time,” (Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak).
*SEXUAL VIOLENCE TRIGGER WARNING*
Maya Angelou taught the world that silence was crippling. That mutism was a drug. That there was power in voice, in speaking, in telling one’s story. Laurie Halse Anderson first introduced me to Dr. Angelou through her book Speak when I was fifteen. I didn’t recognize all of Ms. Anderson’s references to the Caged Bird at the time, but eight years later, I listened to Maya telling her own story of keeping silent for six years because she feared that her voice would kill people. She knew that her voice had power, but she believed that her power was something to fear. (Watch a video of Maya Angelou on finding her voice here.)
It is hard to imagine being seven years old and so terrified to speak that…
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