After recently battling sickness Civil Rights Activist Author, Speaker, Motivator and Poet, Dr. Maya Angelou has passed on. Dr. Maya lived a full life at 86-years-old she has many accomplishments and a great legacy to leave behind. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed Angelou was found by her caretaker on this morning.

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Angelou’s publicist, Helen Brann, also confirmed the news. 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.

A professor, singer and dancer, among other things, Angelou’s work spans several different professions. She spent her early years studying dance and drama in California. After dropping out at age 14, she became the San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor. Angelou later returned to high school to finish her diploma and gave birth to her son a few weeks after graduation. While the 17-year-old single mother waited tables to support her son, she acquired a passion for music and dance.

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Affectionately referred to as Dr. Angelou, the professor never went to college. 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.

Maya Angelou’s birth name was Marguerite Annie Johnson, and she was fluent in 6 languages. Angelou was also named one of the 10 most admired North Carolinians in a recent Elon Poll.

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