Maya Angelou Dead at 86

The award-winning author, poet and civil rights activist died at her home in North Carolina.
2:30 | 05/28/14

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-- -- is my favorite place to be. And loan and an empty in them -- name it looked alike in I'm open to present from a strained. Opening the front dollars was pulling the written off the unexpected gift. Out of the Hudson of history's shame up from a past that's rooted in pain not only words of her poetry. They might as well be lines ripped from the pages of her life story. -- on -- -- did in fact rise as a writer dancer and actress. But perhaps most significantly as an educator she taught the world about the power of words. I wrote this -- Every human being -- She was raised by her grandmother in Arkansas about 25 miles away from a town called hope and has -- -- -- -- At seven years old she was raped by her mother's boyfriend she told on him and he was subsequently killed. The event caused her to stop speaking for five and a half years. I had -- but I refuse to use it and. It's time and its law stands now. -- song. But once she opened her mouth her -- became the ten of a skillful poet she said poetry cured her mutant X. -- -- -- her teens and early twenties dancing her writing had a similar grace and soul that moved people. She wrote several autobiographies. Short stories and collections of poetry. Including all God's children -- traveling issues. The heart of a woman and I know why the caged bird sings but in 1993. At president Bill Clinton's request. -- Shillue road opponent for his inauguration. Lift up guys -- this date breaking for you give birth again to the dream. Women children men. Take it into the palms of your hand. She combined her rich tenor with her wisdom you and became a sculptor of words. I Olympian -- mountain. -- -- -- -- -- to hand back no. -- -- -- -- -- Seen. Working men. It's gonna leave.

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