Eighty-six years and one month after she was born in St. Louis, author, poet and overall inspiration Maya Angelou has died.
York College via Flickr Maya Angelou.
Angelou recently canceled several public appearances citing health reasons. She announced last week that she could not attend the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards, where she was to be honored with the Beacon of Life award for her lifetime of civil-rights work.
Angelou is best known for her powerful 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, one of the most widely admired pieces of modern literature. Angelou made literary history when her memoir became the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman.
Angelou made history all her life. At the age of fourteen, she became San Francisco's first African American female cable-car conductor, according to CNN.More »