Dr. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is a renowned poet and author who penned a series of acclaimed memoirs, including 1969's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Angelou has also enjoyed a career as a dancer, actor, director, playwright and composer. Her works touch on themes of love, race and identity. During the civil rights movement, she emerged as a voice for Blacks and women. Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008 as well as three Grammy Awards. In 1993, she recited her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Clinton's inauguration.

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