Legendary Author and Poet Dies at the Age of 86

Angelina Garcia, Staff Writer

Dr. Maya Angelou, an award-winning poet, author and activist died on Wednesday, May 28th at the age of 86.

Prior to her death, she was scheduled to receive the Beacon of Life Award in Houston on May 30th, but she cancelled her appearance because of “health reasons.”

Not only was Maya Angelou “one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium,” according to Huffington Post, but the friend of other historical figures such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. published a memoir that sold millions and wrote potentially the most popular and arguably the best presidential inaugural poem in history.

“Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time — a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman,” said President Obama in a statement, “ She inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.”

Maya Angelou wrote over 30 published works, including novels, poetry books and memoirs that inspired and gave hope to many worldwide.