Legendary Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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Maya Angelou speaks at The African-American Speaking Series - March 19, 2010

Legendary poet and author Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86, her literary agent, Helen Brann confirmed to CNN on Wednesday. Angelou had canceled a few appearances in the recent months over health issues. She grew to fame after her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings becoming the first African-American woman to garner a best-seller. She would later teach American Studies at Wake Forest University although she never went to college.

A statement from her family was posted on her Facebook page this morning, “Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”

Angelou’s accomplishments are inspiring and she will be missed.

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