Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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Maya Angelou has died.

The celebrated author and poet was 86.

One of the most beloved voices in American letters over the past 50 years, Angelou penned essays and poems, taught at Wake Forest University and lectured around the world, and became a renowned civil rights activist.

Her best known work is perhaps I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, her memoir of childhood in a segregated South that marked the first in a multi-volume autobiographical series.

A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and dozens of honorary degrees, Angelou famously recited her poem “On The Pulse of Morning” at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.

Her astonishingly varied career also included singing and dancing, acting and playwriting.

She had been in poor health and had recently canceled an event in her honor; no official cause of death has been disclosed.

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