Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sad News: Author and Poet Dr. Maya Angelou Passes at Age 86

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Dr. Maya Angelou passed away Wednesday morning in Winston-Salem, NC, at the age of 86. Dr. Angelou's inspiration and wisdom will forever live on. She will be missed.

Sending prayers and condolences to Maya Angelou's family during this difficult time.


 Via The New York Times:
Maya Angelou, the memoirist and poet whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday in her home. She was 86 and lived in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Her death was confirmed by her longtime literary agent, Helen Brann. No immediate cause had been determined, but Ms. Brann said Ms. Angelou had been in frail health for some time and had heart problems.

As well known as she was for her memoirs, which eventually filled six volumes, Ms. Angelou very likely received her widest exposure on a chilly January day in 1993, when she delivered the inaugural poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at the swearing-in of Bill Clinton, the nation’s 42nd president, who, like Ms. Angelou, had grown up poor in rural Arkansas.

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