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A Phenomenal Woman

Encouraged by James Baldwin, Maya Angelou produced her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and famous poems like "Phenomenal Woman." Her work has attracted famous fans like Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton, for whom she read her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" at his 1993 inauguration ceremony. She was even called the "Black woman’s poet laureate" by critic Elsie B. Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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