Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.
Via My Fox 8 reports:
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning.
Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.
Angelou was set to be honored with the “Beacon of Life Award” at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on May 30 in Houston.
Angelou, one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, is a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, producer, actress, filmmaker and civil rights activist.
She has received over 50 honorary degrees and was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
Angelou is famous for saying, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Angelou was named one of the 10 most admired North Carolinians in a recent Elon Poll.
There are no further details at this time.
The legendary author missed the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she was to be honored last week due to “health reasons” and many cited that her health was declining. Maya Angelou has deeply impacted the lives of millions with her words, actions and incredible spirit.
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”- Maya Angelou
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