Maya Angelou

Poet & Author Poet, author, professor, civil rights activist, dancer, recording artist and singer Maya Angelou was one of America’s most iconic, inspirational Renaissance women. Born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, she emerged as a literary voice with the 1969 publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first in a series of autobiographical novels. Her life and literary work led to President Obama awarding her the Medal of Freedom in 2011, America’s highest civilian honor. On May 27, 2014, the legend passed away at the age of 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


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15 Books Every Black Woman Should Read

Stories that will inspire and empower you.

Maya Angelou's Private Art Collection to Be Auctioned

The famed poet's African-American artwork to make debut at Swann Galleries in NYC.

#MayaForever: USPS Issues Stamp Honoring Angelou

The commemorative stamp misquotes the late author.

Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou on Her Birthday

The icon would have been 87 years old today.

Maya Angelou Play in Development by Tavis Smiley, Kenny Leon

The project will be a stage adaptation of Smiley's new memoir, "My Journey with Maya."

Maya Angelou Forever Stamp Revealed by U.S. Postal Service

The stamp features a 4-foot-square oil-on-canvas hyper-realistic portrait of the literary icon.
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