Dr. Maya Angelou passed away today at age 86 from failing health.
Angelou, a woman of many talents and one of the most influential people was the first African-American cable car conductor. From a humble beginning, she strove to better herself educationally and wnet on to finish her high school career and to get a local job waiting tables to support her son.
Angelou is a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, producer, actress, filmaker, and civil rights activist.
Although her death will bring much change in the millions she has touched, Angelou will be remembered.
"When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
gnaws on kind words
- "When Great Trees Fall", by Maya Angelou