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  • In a moving tribute to Maya Angelou on Saturday, former president Bill Clinton said that her greatest gift during her action-packed lifetime was paying attention to life around her and sharing it with everyone.
  • Saturday as a dominant cultural force who taught black women and people of all races to celebrate their own worth and beauty.
  • May 28 2014
    Notable Maya Angelou quotes, interviews
    Author and poet Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. Angelou passed away May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • “While I was writing the book, I stayed half drunk in the afternoon and cried all night,” Maya Angelou told The Washington Post in 1970 about writing her harrowing memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” From The Post’s archives, here is the original 1970 review of Angelou’s book, as well as an interview with her.
  • American author and poet Maya Angelou, whose groundbreaking memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" earned her international acclaim with its unflinching account of rape and racism in the segregated South, died on Wednesday at age 86. The prolific African-American writer, known for her lyrical prose and regal speaking voice, died quietly at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Angelou's family said in a statement. No cause of death was given.
  • Maya Angelou may be gone, but her legacy lives on. The award-winning author died Wednesday at age 86. Many of Angelou's famous fans shared their condolences and memories of the activist and author via Twitter. Three of her most powerful pals, however, released lengthier statements to pay tribute to her personal and professional achievements.
  • Maya Angelou, one of the most powerful voices of contemporary literature, died on Wednesday in her home in North Carolina. She was 86. Angelou's novels and poems have been laced into the canon of great American literature and cemented in the memories of people worldwide. Minutes after her death was announced, fans began sharing their memories of Angelou on Twitter.
  • Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of a series of memoirs. Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Later she added the Angelou, a version of her first husband's name.
  • May 28 2014
    Poet Maya Angelou dies at age 86
    Poet and essayist Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86, her publisher, Random House, has confirmed. Winston-Salem, N.C., Mayor Allen Joines told WFMY News 2 that Angelou's caregiver found her dead in her home Wednesday morning.
  • Maya Angelou, a novelist, actress and educator, died at age 86, her literary agent, Helen Brann, said Wednesday.
  • "If you were the President of the United States or the Queen of England, you couldn't have a person who would be more protective than my mother was for me. Which meant really that I could dare to do all sorts of things. And I could even dare to be somebody."
  • A performer, poet, activist, memoirist and teacher, Maya Angelou has lived an extraordinary life. Now 85, she's published her 34th book: a deeply personal history of her relationship with her indomitable mother, Vivian Baxter, who encouraged her to live life with "pizzazz." In an intimate conversation, Angelou talks to Oprah about God, forgiveness, the healing powers of love—and the day Baxter handed her a gun and told her to go kill the man who'd abused her.
  • Maya Angelou has lived a life so expansive and extraordinary that, even after seven autobiographies, she still has more stories to tell. Her latest book, Mom & Me & Mom, explores her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter. When Angelou was young, Baxter sent Angelou and her brother away to be raised by their grandmother; years later, she called them back to live with her again, the start of a sometimes fractious but eventually loving relationship.
  • President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to former President George H.W. Bush and 14 others, including poet Maya Angelou, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, investor Warren Buffett and basketball legend Bill Russell.
  • As she turns 80, the celebrated author, poet and artist Maya Angelou says she has figured out how to get divine attention. "When I try to describe myself to God I say, 'Lord, remember me? Black? Female? Six-foot tall? The writer?' And I almost always get God's attention," Angelou tells NPR's Lynn Neary with a laugh.
  • Maya Angelou, the African-American poet who is one of the most influential and respected literary voices of the modern age, has written a poem praising Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign for The Observer. Angelou, author of an autobiographical series of books, including the international bestseller I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was moved to send the verse after being asked by the newspaper for her reflections on Clinton.
  • Jun 1991
    Maya Angelou, The Art of Fiction No. 119
    This interview was conducted on the stage of the YMHA on Manhattan’s upper East Side. A large audience, predominantly women, was on hand, filling indeed every seat, with standees in the back . . . a testament to Maya Angelou’s drawingpower. Close to the stage was a small contingent of black women dressed in the white robes of the Black Muslim order. Her presence dominated the proceedings. Many of her remarks drew fervid applause, especially those which reflected her views on racial problems, the need to persevere, and “courage.” She is an extraordinary performer and has a powerful stage presence.