A Phenomenal Woman dies at the age of 86

Written by on May 28, 2014

MAYA ANGELOU

Today the world mourns the loss of a Phenomenal Woman, author, poet,activist Maya Angelou dies at the age of 86. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She was also an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs.

She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Since the 1990s she made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.

She received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees.

Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

I leave you with one of my favorites poems by Maya Angelou! Rest in Paradise, your legacy will live on eternally:

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