News: Legendary author Maya Angelou Dies at age 86

Maya Angelou

Legendary author Maya Angelou has past away at the age of 86 in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Maya Angelou was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

One of Angelou’s most praised and popular books was ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’ The memoir bore witness to the brutality of a Jim Crow South, portraying racism in stark language. Readers learned of the life of Marguerite Ann Johnson (Angelou’s birth name) up to the age of 16. We learned of how she was abandoned by her parents and raped by her mother’s boyfriend. She was homeless and became a teen mother. The book became an international bestseller and was nominated for a National Book Award in 1970.

Maya Angelou was not afraid to push the boundaries to enlighten our youth. She was a leader and a inspiration to people all over the world. Her poems spoke the truth and shed light on our situations in life and for that she will truly be missed.

Take a look at some video on Maya Angelou and some of her most inspirational speeches below:

Maya Angelou Speech at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, January 20, 1993

Maya Angelou speaking at the funeral of Coretta Scott King, 2008

Maya Angelou’s Poem I’m a Rainbow in Somebody’s Cloud, 2012

Maya Angelou accepts the 2013 Literarian Award