Phillis Wheatley was born circa 1753. She moved to Boston in the British colony of Massachusetts in 1761 aboard the ship Phillis. She worked for John and Susanna. She was tutored by their oldest daughter where she learned to read and write. By the age of 12 she could read Greek, Latin and difficult passages from the Bible.
By the age of 14 she began to write, she went to London in 1773. She spoke with the Lord Mayor of London, wrote letters to John Thornton and John Newton. She returned to the colonies, where she wrote to George Washington. He invited her to visit him at his headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts which she did in 1776. She died in 1784 due to health problems at 31.
What you may not know about Phillis is that around the age of 7-8 she was sold into slavery, for she was born in West Africa. When the Wheatley’s bought her they immediately gave her freedom, encouraged her to learn and become a writer of poetry. She was the first published African-American female poet. So, now what is your excuse for not being successful? Until tomorrow keep that smile going and pass it on. Today is going to be great!