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Author Maya Angelou dies



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.

It was the first of seven volumes of autobiography that traced her life from a childhood of abuse and oppression in the Deep South in the 1930s.

The news was confirmed to the BBC by the mayor’s office in her home town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Her poetry collections included Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie (1971), And Still I Rise (1978), Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987), and I Shall Not Be Moved (1990).

Her poem On the Pulse of the Morning, written for US President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, sold more than a million copies in the US. (BBC)

8 Responses to Author Maya Angelou dies

  1. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews May 28, 2014 at 10:05 am

    well , another great is gone , 🙁

  2. Peter Merrifield
    Peter Merrifield May 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Inspiration and wisdom in equal measure

  3. Tonio Greaves
    Tonio Greaves May 28, 2014 at 10:34 am

    An international treasure and an inspiration. REST IN PEACE

  4. Mazie Kienemund
    Mazie Kienemund May 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Phenomenal woman..R.I.P

  5. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett May 28, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Rest in Eternal Peace. A very inspiring icon.

  6. Rest with The Greats Dr. Auntie Maya Angelou

  7. Jenny Thomas
    Jenny Thomas May 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    RIP a wonderful lady.


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