ON THIS DAY: Maya Angelou Dies at 86May 28, 2015
TODAY in HISTORY: May 28th, 2014
On this day in 2014, the world lost a treasured author and poet.
Maya Angelou published more than 30 books, including 1969’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” a best-selling memoir about the racism and abuse she experienced growing up. In addition to her celebrated literary career, Angelou was a performer, civil rights activist and college professor.
Throughout her life, Angelou was awarded over fifty honorary degrees including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 the U.S.’s highest civilian honour that was presented to her by President Barack Obama saying, “By holding on even amid cruelty and loss, and then expanding to a sense of compassion, an ability to love–by holding on to her humanity, she has inspired countless others who have known injustice and misfortune in their own lives.”
Maya Angelou passed away at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86 years old.
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