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It is with great sadness we report Dr. Maya Angelou passed away today in her Winston Salem, NC home.  Dr. Angelou (86) was born April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, MO.

She was a prolific poet, playwright, dancer, life-coach and inspiration to many.

Her life changed after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked her to serve as the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  He was later assassinated on her birthday.

She has been celebrated for great literary work which has created new avenues for the American memoir.

“I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings” is her 1969 autobiography in which she illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.

The book details her trials from the age of three through sixteen when she became a mother and transformed from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of overcoming just about anything.

She was awarded the 2000 Presidential Medal of Art and in 2008 the Lincoln Medal.  In addition, she has received more than 50 honorary degrees and is a Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

This past April, Oprah Winfrey and friends gathered for her portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Dr. Maya Angelou Portrait UnveilingDr. Maya Angelou who famously said, “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated,” was known for her eloquent poetry.

Her gift of word was infused with deep meaning and will forever remain a part of American History.

May Your Soul Now Rest In Peace!