One of America’s leading literary voices of the last 50 years, Angelou was best-known for her 1969 memoir ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ died today.
Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou was found dead in her Winston-Salem, N.C., home Wednesday morning. She was 86.
Angelou, who rose from poverty as child raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Ark., to become a cultural icon, gained widespread acclaim for her first book, her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.
May her soul rest in peace.