Poet, Civil Rights Advocate Maya Angelou Dies, Aged 86

Obituaries | May 28, 2014, Wednesday // 17:07|  views

Author Maya Angelou died at the age of 86. Photo by mayaangelou.com.

Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, novelist, civil rights activist and actress died at the age of 86, Wednesday.

The writer of the classic autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, has died in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The prolific writer was known not only as a poet, but also as a historian and civil rights advocate, and as an actress and screen writer. She wrote the screenplay for the film Georgia, which was the first by an African American woman and was later nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Angelou received over 50 honorary degrees in her lifetime, and was a Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Angelou is famous for saying "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

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