Guy Johnson, the son of poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, has died at age 77.
The official social media account for Maya Angelou shared the news, saying Johnson died peacefully Wednesday morning at his home in Oakland, Calif.
“Mr. GUY JOHNSON passed away peacefully at his home this morning in Oakland, California,” the announcement read. “Arrangements will be made and announced in the coming days. We ask that you respect the family's privacy during this difficult time. Thank you for your prayers and words of comfort and strength.”
On Monday (Feb. 14) KRON spoke to Johnson about Angelou becoming the first Black woman on a U.S. quarter. He gave significant input into choosing how his mother was depicted on the coins. She’s shown with her arms lifted with a bird in flight behind her.
“One of the reasons I chose that image is, first off, I know how difficult it is to capture the actual essence and animus of a human being on a metal coin, and I thought that picture with the bird behind her, the wings and her arms out gave some sense of the style that she had, the grace that she had,” said Johnson, who was himself a poet.