Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Maya Angelou, celebrated US poet and author, dies aged 86

Maya Angelou

Angelou, who was also prominent in the civil rights movement, died at home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Maya Angelou, the American poet and author, died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday. She was 86.

The news was confirmed to the Guardian by an assistant to Winston-Salem mayor Allen Joines.
Angelou’s failing health was reported as recently as Tuesday, when she canceled an appearance honoring her with a Beacon of Life Award because of “health reasons”. The ceremony was part of the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon, in Houston, Texas, part of Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Games.
Angelou is perhaps best known for her 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
She wrote seven autobiographies, and was a playwright, director, actor, singer, songwriter and novelist.

(the Guardian)

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