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University: Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

Posted: May 28, 2014 - 7:51am

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Author and poet Maya Angelou (MY'-ah ANJ'-eh-loh), who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86.

Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release Wednesday.

She gained 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.

In 1998, she directed the film "Down in the Delta" about a drug-wrecked woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta.

She was the poet chosen to read at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993. She wrote and read an original composition, "On the Pulse of Morning," which became a million-seller.

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lachowsj 05/28/14 - 02:01 pm
That's it?

Only a generic AP article for this great woman raised in Stamps, Arkansas? Where is the local angle? Ms. Angelou would probably rank on anybody's list of the 25 greatest Arkansans of all time. Hopefully this story will be expanded.

Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd 05/28/14 - 02:37 pm
Could not agree more

with you on this one Lachowsj.

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