The award-winning author, civil rights activist and well-known poet Dr. Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson, has died at 86-Years-Old. Angelou had reportedly been facing health issues and she recently cancelled a special appearance for an event being held in her honor. She seemed to be recovering from an “unexpected ailment” that sent her to the hospital instead she died with family by her side.
According to her agent, Helen Brann, the poet died near her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina early this morning after being very frail and experiencing heart problems. Brann said she was still going strong, finishing a new book. I spoke to her yesterday and she was fine, as she always was. Her spirit was indomitable.”
On May 30th in Houston, Texas Angelou was set to be crowned with the “Beacon of Life Award” at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon. Angelou said in a Facebook post doctors had advised her not to travel so she was forced to cancel.
The famed author, affectionately called Dr. Angelou, has received more than 50 honorary degrees from universities around the world and was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
Angelou is famous for quite a few sayings such as,
I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
When people show you who they are believe them the first time.
Dr. Angelou, one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, is a celebrated poet, educator, novelist, actress, producer, filmmaker and civil rights activist has died.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)