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Author and Poetess Maya Angelou passed away at 86

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA, 28 May-2014, AP: Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86.

Author and Poetess Maya Angelou passed away at 86

Author and Poetess Maya Angelou passed away at 86

Wake Forest University announced Ms. Angelou’s death in a news release on Wednesday.

She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.

In 1998, she directed the film Down in the Delta about a drug-wrecked woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta.

She was the poet chosen to read at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993. She wrote and read an original composition, On the Pulse of Morning, which became a million-seller.

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