I am fortunate enough to have heard Maya Angelou speak in person when she visited Southwest Texas State University in 2005, my freshman year of college. I had never heard anyone with such grace and passion. She spoke about courage, read from “Phenomenal Woman” and I was hooked, I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was one of the best experiences I’d ever had up until that point. Thank you for all of your many talents Maya Angelou. We will miss you.
(CNN) — A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.
Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann. The agent added that she has been “frail” and suffering from heart problems.
The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.