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Legendary Novelist Maya Angelou Dies

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maya-angelou-passesAt 86, Dr. Maya Angelou passes away.

The world lost an icon. A powerful voice is now silent and a literary genius’ pen writes no more.

Dr. Maya Angelou was a prolific American figure. As an author, poet, playwright, dancer, essayist, civil rights activist, historian, educator, actress, and many others, she made it her life’s mission to let words speak conviction, hope, and instill love and power in women.

Angelou had many occupations before she became a writer and poet including a fry-cook and and night club dancer. Still, she chose to rise as a phenomenal woman writing her way to become a notable author who later worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X among others as part of the civil rights movement.

Being the first to make an inaugural recitation since poet Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961, Angelou’s Grammy award-winning poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration gained much recognition and resulted in more esteem of her previous works. 

Most known for her seven autobiographies, and the book ”I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” she’s published numerous literary and verbal works. She’s been awarded for her works including the country’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Most recently, Angelou’s health had reportedly been deteriorating. She died in at her Winston-Salem, North Carolina home. 

A phenomenal woman, Dr. Maya Angelou’s legacy lives on.

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