Dr. Maya Angelou, beloved author and poet, has died

The literary world has lost another one of the greats. Author and poet Maya Angelou has died in Winston-Salem, N.C., this morning. She was 86.

Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed to WGHP. Reportedly facing health problems, Angelou canceled a recent scheduled appearance at a special event held in her honor.

Most famous for her autobiographical book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was a novelist, celebrated poet, educator, filmmaker, a professor at Wake Forest University, and a civil rights activist. She influenced generations of writers and creators. She was active in politics even in her later years, supporting Hillary Clinton and then Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. She received more than 50 honorary degrees in her lifetime.

She recited “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, making it the first poem to be read since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.

Her final tweet offers the sort of wisdom people have known to come from her.

People have been sharing quotes and their memories on Twitter.

Photo via York College ISLGP/Flickr

Michelle Jaworski

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