Poet and Activist Maya Angelou Dies at 86
Poet and political activist Maya Angelou died at 86 in her home in Winston Salem after a long illness. Known for her series of memoirs, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Angelou grew up in a segregated society. Leaving behind a troubled childhood in Arkansas, Marguerite Johnson became Maya Angelou after adopting her brother's pet name for her, Maya, and an adaption of her first husband's name, Angelou. She studied dance with Martha Graham, toured Europe with a performance group in the 1950s and recorded the album "Calypso Lady." Angelou was an inspiration to many, as her work will continue to be.
By Jordan Moses
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