Legendary writer, poet, professor, actor, dancer, singer, and Civil Rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. Dr. Maya Angelou touched many lives with her gift to inspire through words, most poignantly demonstrated by her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," her unforgettable poem "Phenomenal Women," and her moving poem "On the Pulse of Morning" which she recited in 1993 at President Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration. Dr. Angelou was also a mentor to Oprah Winfrey as well as a friend to Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X. In addition, Dr. Angelou helped Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. organize the Poor Peoples March in Memphis, Tennessee where he was assassinated. Since 1982, Dr. Angelou was a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. This incredible Renaissance woman's many credits also includes acting in the 1993 film "Poetic Justice" with Janet Jackson and the 1977 epic series "Roots." Her words and wisdom will continue to live on.
May 28, 2014