Maya Angelou

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Branford Marsalis, center, introduces his son Reence to writer Maya Angelou, left at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in the Harlem section of New York on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1994. Angelou recited her poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," as Marsalis accompanied her on the saxophone. The center played host to a launch party for Marsalis' album "Buckshot LeFonque" which features "original African-American sounds. (AP Photo)
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Poet Maya Angelou addresses the Million Man March, Monday Oct. 16, 1995 on Capitol Hill. Washington Mayor Marion Barry is at left. (AP Photo)
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In this Feb. 15, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama kisses author and poet Maya Angelou after awarding her the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo)
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Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey pose for a photo backstage at Maya Angelou's portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AP Photo)
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Hip hop performer Common, left, greets poet Maya Angelou at a garden party at Angelou's home Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo)
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In this Feb. 7, 2006 file photo, Maya Angelou speaks during the funeral services for Coretta Scott King at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. At rear are President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush. (AP Photo)
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In this Oct. 5, 1996 file photo, then Irish President Mary Robinson, left, speaks with American poet Maya Angelou, center, and Coretta Scott King, wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, during the International Women's Forum in Boston. (AP Photo)
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Author Maya Angelou admires a blow-up a of a Ghana postage stamp in her honor during a ceremony in Washington Thursday Nov. 13,1997. Twelve Black authors were honored on stamps from Ghana and Uganda to promote World Literacy. The stamps were designed by Gary Aagaard of Seattle. (AP Photo)
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South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu hugs author Maya Angelou as she delivered a tribute to him at the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding Award Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo)
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American poet and writer Maya Angelou shown on Dec. 15, 1992 in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)
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Writer Dr. Maya Angelou takes part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall, Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 in Washington. (AP Photo)
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This is a scene from ABC's 1977 miniseries "Roots" with actress Cicely Tyson with baby and Maya Angelou in background. Angelou received an Emmy nomination for her role as Nyo Bobo in Alex Haley's television miniseries. (AP Photo)
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In this Feb. 14, 1996 file photo, Poet Laureate Maya Angelou, right, performs a special Valentines Day concert with Valerie Simpson, center, and Nick Ashford of the legendary R&B group Ashford and Simpson, in New York's Paramount Theater. (AP Photo)
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Poet Maya Angelou, right, passes a portrait of Betty Shabazz as she arrives for her funeral at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York Mosque, Friday, June 27, 1997. (AP Photo)
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Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, and poet Maya Angelou, left, acknowledge the crowd during a campaign stop at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday, April 18, 2008. (AP Photo)
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Newly sworn-in U.S. President Bill Clinton reaches out to hug poet Maya Angelou after she delivered her inaugural poem on the west steps of the Capitol during inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 1993. (AP Photo)
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Writer Maya Angelou sautes some onions and peppers in the kitchen of the Sugar Bar restaurant Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, in New York, where she spent the day cooking a meal as a guest chef for a benefit dinner later in the evening. Proceeds from the five course dinner she prepared were to be donated to the Betty Shabazz Foundation. (AP Photo)
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Maya Angelou, a 6 foot multi-talented ex-Arkansan, has been hired as Hollywood's first black woman movie director, November 3, 1971. She'll write the script and music, as well as direct "Caged Bird," which is based on her best-selling 1969 autobiography. She's been a professional singer, dancer, writer, composer, poet, lecturer, editor, and San Francisco streetcar conductorette. (AP Photo)

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Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86.

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