“For my family and me, Maya Angelou will always be much more than a great American and an icon in world literature. She is the namesake of one of my daughters, who met her as a young girl and celebrated her twenty-first birthday just one day before the elder Maya was lost to us," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Although our hearts are filled with grief at the news of her passing — a sorrow made all the more acute by the knowledge that we shall not see her like again — she will continue to be a source of strength and inspiration. She will endure in the singular body of work she leaves behind. And she will live on in the shining example that guides our steps forward and fuels the work that remains."