Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86

We have lost a great woman, a voice for the ‘least’ and a brilliant author.

By MARGALIT FOXMAY 28, 2014

Maya Angelou in 2008. Credit Tim Sloan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

maya angelouMaya Angelou, the memoirist and poet whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday in her home. She was 86 and lived in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Her death was confirmed by her longtime literary agent, Helen Brann. No immediate cause of death had been determined, but Ms. Brann said Ms. Angelou had been in frail health for some time and had had heart problems.

As well known as she was for her memoirs, which eventually filled six volumes, Ms. Angelou very likely received her widest exposure on a chilly January day in 1993, when she delivered the inaugural poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at the swearing-in of Bill Clinton, the nation’s 42nd president, who, like Ms. Angelou, had grown up poor in rural Arkansas.

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SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/arts/maya-angelou-lyrical-witness-of-the-jim-crow-south-dies-at-86.html?emc=edit_na_20140528&nlid=37571237&_r=0

One thought on “Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86

  1. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Dr. Angelou

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