Renowned poet Maya Angelou has reportedly passed away this week in North Carolina at the age of 86, leaving a legacy behind her which includes celebrated writings. #RIP
Details of her shocking passing surfaced online early Wednesday (May 28).
Maya Angelou — one of America’s most famous poets — died last night in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina hospital while recovering from a mystery sickness. Angelou was recovering from an “unexpected ailment” that sent her to the hospital. She died with family by her side. She has received more than 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world. Her most famous book — “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — was also her most controversial. (TMZ)
Reports claim Angelou was expected to be honored later this week in Texas.
Maya was supposed to be honored Friday in Houston where she was supposed to receive the Beacon of Life Award. Angelou was one of the most inspiring poets of our time — most famously saying “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (TMZ)
Angelou eventually had the appearance nixed due to health concerns.
Dr. Maya Angelou is said to be battling health problems. According to reports, news that the 86-year-old author and poet recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor. Angelou was set to receive and be honored with the “Beacon of Life Award” at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon to take place in Houston Texas on May 30. The luncheon is part of the major league baseball’s annual Civil Rights Games in which the Houston Astros will host the Baltimore Orioles at this year’s game. (Guardian LV)
Dr. Angelou’s impact on American culture and society dates back to the Civil Rights Movement.
Angelou, a Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis. In the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked Angelou to serve as northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Angelou received many accolades, including the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008. (WXII 12)