WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18, 2011 poet Maya Angelou. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 18, 2011 poet Maya Angelou. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Every once in awhile you come across a great bit of transportation history.

My colleague Deneen L. Brown reported today that poet Maya Angelou received a lifetime-achievement award from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials as part of their “Women Who Move the Nation.”

Turns out long before she became a celebrated writer, Angelou was the first African-American female cable car conductor in San Francisco. She was all of 16.

Take a bit of time and read Deneen’s wonderful piece.