Maya Angelou dies at age 86

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Poet, professor, and activist Maya Angelou has died. The 86-year-old passed away at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Angelou might be best known for her book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (and for being Oprah’s pal) but she wrote more than 30 books and had a full schedule of speaking engagements where she discussed respect, kindness and generosity. The author left her mark on the world.

Sharon Burney met Maya Angelou in Ghana, Africa. “She was the most graceful, elegant person that I have ever met,” says Burney.

Eleven-year-old Malachi Johnson never met her but thinks of her as “a role model.”


Angelou was previously scheduled to be in Houston on Friday to be honored by Major League Baseball.

Her last tweet was on May 23 and is apropos:

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