University: Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

Maya Angelou

According to reports, American author and poet Maya Angelou, 86, has died. Angelou was known for her many autobiographies, books of essays, and books of poetry.

Maya Angelou was invited to attend the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon on May 30. It was an event in which she was to be honored. Angelou contributed the decline to attend, to health reasons.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Angelou rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page.

Wake Forest University announced Angelou’s death in a news release Wednesday.

She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.

In 1998, she directed the film “Down in the Delta” about a drug-wrecked woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta.

She was the poet chosen to read at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993. She wrote and read an original composition, “On the Pulse of Morning,” which became a million-seller.

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