The news of Maya Angelou’s death is shocking fans around the world on Wednesday. The accomplished writer and talented performer shared her talent by offering a perspective of hope, love and joy that never has been duplicated. According to CNN on Wednesday, the 86-year-old woman died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Finding comfort in her words, people loved to read her work as it brought inspiration to the soul and offered relief to strife. Looking for nothing more than finding her voice, the talented writer seemed to grab the attention of fans from every walk of life and every age group.
Maya Angelou rarely bragged, but for those folks who studied the talented celebrity, she had so many accolades. The poet has more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Keeping in mind that she was referred to as Dr. Angelou, the professor never went to college.
Maya Angelou spoke at least six languages, nine children's books, 13 collections of poetry, four collections of essays and countless individual essays. The writer also has hundreds, if not thousands of pieces of work written on greeting cards, posters and other materials that are inspiration adaptations of her words. She also has touched the film world and had several plays on Broadway.
In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her with the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. Maya Angelou seemed humble at the idea and gave the fans a moment that most will never forget.
Maya Angelou offered hope to the hopeless. And a reminder that one’s voice must be heard. Her impact will be felt for centuries to come as her writing is immortal and timeless. The sadness that the world feels waking up to the news of the death of Maya Angelou is justified. The talented woman will be missed by everyone who found comfort in her words.