Maya Angelou has died

by Rachel Baker on May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, a truly Phenomenal Woman, has passed away at the young age of 86.

So, far, the AP has the best most conclusive write up on Ms. Angelou and her life.

Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, has died, Wake Forest University said in a statement Wednesday. She was 86. Angelou had served as a professor of American studies at the school since 1982. Angelou had been set to appear this week at the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon, but canceled in recent days citing an unspecified illness.

Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, she was unforgettable whether encountered through sight, sound or the printed word. She was an actress, singer and dancer in the 1950s and 1960s and broke through as an author in 1970 with “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which became standard (and occasionally censored) reading and made Angelou one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream success. “Caged Bird” was the start of a multipart autobiography that continued through the decades and captured a life of hopeless obscurity and triumphant, kaleidoscopic fame.

AP ANNOUNCEMENT: University: Poet Maya Angelou, author of ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ dies at age 86

Don’t stop here though. She had an amazing life that isn’t covered here. As the day goes by and even the week, some of the major news outlets will probably have some great content on her life, what she stood for and the impact she had on others and the world around her.

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