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Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014

May 28, 2014 by Reader's Connection

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Author, singer, dancer, actress & film director Maya Angelou has died at age 86.

 

 

Her first volume of autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which helped to make the country aware of this woman’s many gifts, was the first in a series, followed by:

 

 

 

The Heart of a Woman

 

2. Gather Together in My Name

3. Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas

4. The Heart of a Woman

5. All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

6. A Song Flung Up to Heaven

 

 

 

 

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

She was a poet–asked to read at Bill Clinton’s first inaugural–and a much-traveled public speaker. I remember seeing her at the St. Peter Claver Center here in Indianapolis in 1981, and her presentation was so startling that I moved to California and tried to be a Buddhist monk. Hard to explain.

Oprah Winfrey cited Angelou as a mentor, and I think she was an inspiration to a generation or two of . . . you can fill in this blank however you want: women, African-Americans, African-American women . . . but at this moment of her passing, I’ll just say that she inspired a multitude of readers.

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