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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou Dies at Age 86

Legendary American poet and author Maya Angelou has died at age 86. 

The renowned writer became a literary sensation with her first book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” a coming-of-age autobiography that recounted her turbulent childhood and early adult years.

Her son, Guy B. Johnson, released a statement this morning:
"Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love." 

Maya Angelou, you will be missed. You created some of the most beautiful and candid descriptions. Thank you for sharing and giving voice to so many!

8 comments:

Chris said...

Sad to hear of her passing but my what a life she lived! A transcendent figure in literature and civil rights, and one of the great American poets of all time.

Fil said...

What a wonderful woman - a true inspiration.

#1Nana said...

The family statement was a nice piece of writing too, wasn't it?

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I'm so sorry to see she has passed on. She was such an eloquent writer. And such an elegant person. She certainly will be missed. I liked her son's comments.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

What a beautiful soul! I am sad to hear of her passing.
Barbara
Life & Faith in Caneyhead

loverofwords said...

I loved her voice, so distinctive and her writing was unique. So much in just that title "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

The Silver Fox said...

Yes, she definitely will be missed.

MS said...

I really enjoy the cadence in Maya Angelou's poems. I hear her voice in my head when I read many of her poems. I was surprised and saddened the morning I woke up and heard the news that she had passed.
Her words will live on.
Mary from The View from my World