Renowned Poet and Author Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Photo Credit: Maya Angelou's Verified Facebook account

Photo Credit: Maya Angelou’s Verified Facebook account

The name Maya Angelou is known around the world, there is no one on this planet that hasn’t heard of the amazing autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Maya Angelou broke many barriers with her creativity and wisdom. She was a woman who captured many of life’s struggles with a compassionate hand.

Dr. Angelou was a renowned poet, historian and civil rights advocate. As an actress and screen writer, she was hailed as a trailblazer. Her script for the film, Georgia, was the first ever by an African American woman. It was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Her death comes less than a week after Angelou announced she would not attend the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she was to be honored, citing “health reasons.”

Health problems were unfortunately a reoccurring issue with Angelou, last month, she also canceled an event in Fayetteville, Arkansas, because she was recovering from an “unexpected ailment” that left her hospitalized.

Dr. Angelou’s literary agent and friend of 30 years said, “She has been in frail health for a while. It’s just a shock.”

Wake Forest University released the following statement about Dr. Angelou’s death; “Today members of the Wake Forest University community mourn the loss of beloved poet, author, actress, civil rights activist and Professor Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982.Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

The family of Dr. Angelou also made a statement about her passing just a few moments ago concerning her passing;

“Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.

Guy B. Johnson”

Dr. Angelou’s successes have been numerous including, Pulitzer Prize nomination, Tony winner, three time Grammy award winner, and an Emmy for her role in the groundbreaking television mini-series “Roots.”

Her struggles were never attained easily, as she discusses in her book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” she like many young girls dealt with sexual abuse. Unlike many women who are destroyed by the experience she empowered herself, to make a life far grander than she had ever dreamed.

No Memorial plans have been announced yet.

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