The legendary U.S. poet, author, civil rights activist, director and professor Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou went on to earn more than 30 honorary degrees, taught for years at Wake Forest University, spoke six languages, worked as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana, and counted Oprah Winfrey and the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. among her many friends (King was assassinated on her birthday). Standing six feet tall, she was also one of the first black female film and theatre directors, and her Broadway work was nominated for several Tony Awards.

She will be missed by so many who never got to meet her, but were touched by her words and wisdom.  Maya Angelou was truly one inspiring lady.

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