Dance teacher says working with Angelou inspired her career choice

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Dauna Jessup is the dance teacher at Parkview Elementary in High Point. She says one of the greatest honors of her life was working with and becoming friends with Maya Angelou.

They met as Angelou helped put together a performance for the National Black Theater Festival.

Jessup recalled, “The legacy she left, the impact she had on me, I think that’s part of the reason I’m in education now. As everyone in the world knows, Maya loved words. Words meant something.”

Jessup uses Angelou’s poetry to inspire her own choreography. “She said don’t you ever, ever let anyone steal the fire that’s in you.”

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