Her words, poetry and stories were so stirring. And her activism was inspiring. Sad to read about the passing of Maya Angelou. RIP.— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou has passed away. She was a great light in the world. I feel honored to live in a world she influenced and touched so deeply.— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) May 28, 2014
And now we have a Queen Angel, rest Maya Angelou, thank you for your many gifts...— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) May 28, 2014
Rest in peace, Dr. Maya Angelou. The world is better because of your voice.— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou is my hero. She gave me courage to love myself and others. Her life was a gift to so many.— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) May 28, 2014
Rev. Al Sharpton also released a statement, saying: "Maya Angelou was the quintessential renaissance woman of the 20th century art and human rights movements. Not only was she a literary icon, she was one of the few that turned her words into action. Although she participated in civil rights rallies, she challenged leaders of the civil rights movement to embrace the struggles of others and a broader view of freedom fighting. She challenged misogyny in the movement and was our poet, conscience, teacher and corrector. She was one of the few people whose presence you felt in the room even if she didn’t say a word. Her spirit was incomparable."