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Maya Angelou Dead - Award Winning Author & Activist Passes Away at 86

Maya Angelou Dead - Award Winning Author & Activist Passes Away at 86

Award winning author, poet, and activist Dr. Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Fox reports.

The respected public figure was found unresponsive in her home by her caretaker on Wednesday morning (May 28). The publication also reports that Dr. Angelou was in poor health, and had canceled a public appearance recently.

Maya was about to receive the Beacon of Life Award at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on May 30 in Houston, Tex.

Our thoughts go out to Maya‘s friends and loved ones during this difficult time.

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  • Diedre

    Rest In Peace, Maya Angelou.

  • Nev

    REST IN PEACE.

    one of the most inspirational, joyous, smart and wise people EVER.

    xoxoxoxoxooxxooxoxn

  • troll

    This picture scared the bejebus outta me!

  • Nev
  • S

    Such sad news. Her work will continue to inspire and lift people. Rest in peace.

  • Arrow 12

    She will truly be missed. What an amazing women

  • Chace

    God rest her lovely soul
    JJ you could have used a picture where she doesn’t look like Ray Charles

  • Sheyenne

    Rest in peace Maya Angelou … I don’t get why people have to act so ignorant and worry about how the picture looks. The picture doesn’t matter she passed away! Would it kill some people to say something nice without having to add something negative!?

  • mira

    If you people want to grieve for her, fine, but let’s not get carried away. What is truly worth grieving for are the deaths of the young students at UC Santa Barbara who didn’t have a chance to reach the age of 86 and accomplish all sorts of great things.

  • Lena

    When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.– Maya Angelou

    RIP great lady.

    Lena

  • Lola

    I am glad you were placed on this earth to do what you did, for you will always be an inspiration to many. May you rest in peace.

  • Nev

    @mira:

    every life is the GREATEST in it’s own space and time it receives.

  • mira

    If you people want to grieve for her fine, but let’s not get carried away. What is truly worth grieving for are the deaths of the young students at UC Santa Barbara who didn’t have a chance to reach the age of 86 and accomplish all sorts of great things.

  • mira

    @#13 – Sorry for the double post.

  • just me

    Great lady

  • troll

    @Sheyenne: I don’t get why people have to be so ignorant to worry about what i say RIP!

  • nash

    I don’t get why everyone is so sad She was just a writer?

    What else did she do that was so important??

    Don’t get me wrong its always sad when people die, I just never heard of her before.

  • nash

    @nash:

    I just read up on her on CNN. What an amazing life she lived.

  • bap

    Great Lady! Brilliant activist and writer!

  • Oprah will be depressed.

    She should have taken her example and become humble instead of extremely racist and arrogant.

  • http://raisingself.com Saamantha Sophia

    Oh my gosh, her poems were some of my favorite in college.

  • Xoxo

    R.I.P Dr Angelou

  • mmull5

    @nash: She was more than just a writer, she was a civil rights activist and I’m sorry you’ve never heard of her I urge you to read her poem they are incredible.

  • http://JustJared celestialacademician

    R.I.P. – Your writings were PHENOMENAL to me. :)

  • Deva L

    Mira @ 10:18am: We all choose to grieve who we want. I grieve the UCSB students too but that doesn’t take away from the legacy of this great woman. She has given hope to generations of women. She has shared her art with us. She was a child who was so abused that she was mute for many years as a child yet somehow foudn the courage to become a great storyteller. Read her books and her quotes and maybe you can find some level of grace in them. Grace will help you not pit one pain against another. You can learn a lot from Maya. RIP Maya.

  • Tabatha

    Nash: For those of us who are educated, took an English class in high school or are just human, we know who she is. That you don’t says a lot about your failed education. If you could be a quarter of what she was, you’d be lucky. You still have time, if you care too. There is hope for even you.

  • http://Www.gsr-twn.blogspot.com BIG CRY BABY

    My oh my, what nice teeth she had…

  • http://Www.gsr-twn.blogspot.com BIG CRY BABY

    No.3 at 9:54;
    Point taken….

  • http://Www.gsr-twn.blogspot.com BIG CRY BABY

    No.26 at 3:22;
    Your time has run out.
    Everybody with half a brain, and two good fully functioning ears, left and right, and who also liked to read history books, knew that she was a Marxist.
    “Fascism is the true form of Marxism.” Benito Mussolini, circa 1939.

  • jj

    I really find JJ’s headline disrespectful..what’s with the ‘dead’?! Could’ve done it much more respectful & less sensationalised.

  • Caged bird

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    ——————-
    A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
    and floats downstream till the current ends
    and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.

    But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
    can seldom see through his bars of rage
    his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

    The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
    of things unknown but longed for still
    and his tune is heard on the distant hill
    for the caged bird sings of freedom.

    The free bird thinks of another breeze
    and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
    and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

    But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
    his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
    his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

    The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
    of things unknown but longed for still
    and his tune is heard on the distant hill
    for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
    ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings RIP and thank you.

  • http://Www.gsr-twn.blogspot.com BIG CRY BABY

    No.31;
    Woodpeckers have a red head and a black body.

  • Cate

    This is very sad news but Maya Angelou lived an astonishing life and was an incredible inspiration to so many people. Her writing and poetry inspired me and so many others for years and will continue to inspire. RIP Maya Angelou.

  • http://Www.gsr-twn.blogspot.com BIG CRY BABY

    No.17;
    Have you never heard of that famous quote by MLK that goes, “It’s time to cash the check.”?

  • Sarah

    @BIG CRY BABY: OH please just stop being so laughable you pathetic Miley Virus stan. Doesnt surprise me at all that a Miley Virus stan doesnt understand how important Maya Angelou was for many.

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