Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou, died today after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. Waking up and hearing this news this morning deeply saddened me. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. She was an influential human being who was beloved by people from all over the world.
She was born Marguerite Johnson, and grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Later she added the Angelou, a version of her first husband’s name. Maya was everything from a singer, dancer, and civil rights activist, but what she will always be remembered for is being an amazing writer and poet. Her literary pieces are true works of art that will forever transcend. Some of her iconic works include “Still I Rise”, “Phenomenal Woman”, and “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”. These are just a few of the famous pieces Maya has created in her lifetime.
Her distinctive voice, regal demeanor, and the warm, loving feeling she brought to so many people will never, ever be forgotten. Oprah Winfrey and President Obama are just a few of the people who have been deeply influenced by Angelou. Today on almost every social media site, celebrities and fans alike were pouring out their hearts for the literary goddess. She was a kindred soul who touched so many people through her works and her story.
Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou dies at 86. She was my literary inspiration, and truly an inspiration to all. May she forever rest in peace.