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Remembering Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

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Iconic American author, poet and journalist Maya Angelou died on May 28. Angelou was 86 years old and had been unwell for some time, canceling a number of recent appearances.  According to a statement released by her family she was found by her nurse.

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Born in 1928, Angelou spent her young years in Arkansas, shuffling between the homes of her mother and her grandmother. In these formative years she experienced life as a black girl living under white laws, and as a child dreamed of waking up to find herself white, with a blonde bob, as she believed white girls had it easier than black girls.

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Maya Angelou Dies at 86, But Her Works Will Live on. Forever.

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Maya Angelou, the poet, author and activist generally considered one of America's finest writers of the last 50 years, has died. She was 86. Angelou is perhaps best known for her ground-breaking 1969 memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, the first of seven volumes of autobiography that traced Angelou's childhood of abuse in the Deep South in the 1930s.

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A statement from Wake Forest University, where the author had been professor of American studies since 1982, said: "Dr Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world."

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Maya Angelou Discusses Her Son's Near-Death Experience

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American writer, actress, singer and poet, Maya Angelou, was asked by her son to end his life when he lost the use of his legs. Guy Johnson was told he would never walk again after a car accident, when his spinal cord was severely damaged during his late 20s, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. Despite surviving the crash and being kept alive by several different machines, Johnson remained depressed. 

Maya Angelou discussed her son with Associated Press, explaining: "Guy Johnson is a wonder. He's been physically challenged. He was paralyzed from his neck down at one point. The doctors had told me, 'Your son, he will never move again, he will never walk again.' I said, 'My son will walk out of this hospital.'"

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Picture - Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey Chicago, Illinois, Tuesday 17th May 2011

Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey - Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey Chicago, Illinois - during Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular at the United Center in Chicago Tuesday 17th May 2011

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