Dr. Maya Angelou, the famed poet, writer and activist, has died. She was 86.
According to Time, Dr. Angelou was found unresponsive in her Winston-Salem, NC home and the news was later broken by the Winston-Salem Mayor’s office.
Angelou will be most remembered as the author of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, her 1969 autobiography, which set a record, spending two years on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and remains a staple of required reading for students everywhere.
She also rallied to several political causes, including the Civil Rights movement and went on to teach at Wake Forest University starting in 1982. Later in life, she campaigned in support of Hillary Clinton and President Obama, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Watch Dr. Angelou recite her poem, “On The Pulse of the Morning” at the 1993 inauguration of Former President Bill Clinton below:
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