Renowned American poet and author, Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86 in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina today. The writer of the book ‘I know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ and other autobiographies is said to have been suffering from failing health for a while and died quietly in her home sometime before 8 am.
Referred to by many Americans as a national treasure, Angelou’s life and teachings inspired many around the world. Born in 1928 in St Louis, Missouri, Maya Angelou experienced and overcame many personal trials: she was a child of the depression, grew up in the segregated south, survived a childhood rape, gave birth as a teenager, and was, at one time, a prostitute.
Today many around the world join her family in celebrating a life that impacted so many. Her son Guy B Johnson said “She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”
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