Maya Angelou dies, 86

Celebrated poet-activist was a proud African-American, a leading voice in the field of letters, and an inspiration to fellow Americans and to the world.

 

Celebrated American author, poet and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

 

An eloquent voice in the field of letters who was also adept in the performance arts, Angelou stood out in her lifetime as a proud African-American-one who transformed into art her experience with racism, poverty, rape and teen pregnancy.

 

Hers is a life filled with spectacular ups and downs, wherein her confidence and optimism remained constant, as she rose to become one of the most widely followed writers in the United States and worldwide.

 

In any creative endeavor she tackled, Angelou commanded a persuasive, authoritative presence, as in her reading of her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," at Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration in 1993. Check out this video:

 

 

Condolences and expressions of sympathy have poured in, on the heels of Angelou's passing:

 

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Oprah Winfrey took to Instagram to say goodbye to her friend, saying, "...What stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it's how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds."

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