Dr. Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. She canceled her appearance recently at the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards luncheon.
Published reports say she was found unresponsive inside her Winston-Salem home. The renowned poet, actress, screen writer and civil rights advocate was hailed as a trailblazer. Among her works is her classic autobiography called “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and her poetry collection “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die” which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She also directed the film, “Down in the Delta” and was the poet chosen to read at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993.
She was originally from St. Louis but worked as a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.
Angelou received many accolades, including the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008 and she served as a coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Memorial arrangements have not yet been released.