Celebrated author, Maya Angelou, dies aged 86

Celebrated author, Maya Angelou, dies aged 86

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Maya Angelou


Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

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.

Mayor Allen Joines said he was “very sad of her passing”.

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 News


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