Author, Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Poet and author, Maya Angelou, has died at age 86. From CNN

Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, novelist and actress, has died at age 86, her literary agent, Helen Brann, said Wednesday.

She died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Brann said.

Also a professor, singer and dancer, Angelou’s work spans several professions. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

One of Angelou’s most revered books was “I Know Why the Caged Sings.”

Writer Julian Mayfield is said to have described the autobiography as “a work of art which eludes description.”

Self taught, surviving poverty and childhood abuse, the strength and honesty displayed in her work inspired a generation and beyond. RIP Maya.

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