Renowned Poet and Author Maya Angelou Dies at 86

R.I.P. Maya

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Image: Dr. Maya Angelou Dr. Maya Angelou speaks on race relations at Congregation B’nai Israel and Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 16, 2014 in Boca Raton, Florida.(Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)

The world has lost another legend.  The African American community has lost a great author/poet/lecturer and so much more…

NBC News

Maya Angelou, the renowned poet, author and civil rights activist, has died, officials in her hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, told NBC News. The author of the celebrated autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” was 86 years old.

Her death comes less than a week after Angelou announced she would not attend the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she was to be honored, citing “health reasons.” Last month, she also canceled an event in Fayetteville, Arkansas, because she was recovering from an “unexpected ailment” that left her hospitalized.

Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, under the…

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Posted on 05/28/2014, in Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

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  2. A true icon of peace. A beacon of hope for us all


  3. Thank you, Maya Angelou, for your gifts of words and for your inspiration. You will always live in my heart! You have touched me deeply.

    May you rest in peace in His loving care.


  4. “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.”
    ~ Maya Angelou


    • Published on May 28, 2014

      Here are some famous quotes of Maya Angelou, 1928-2014. May she rest in peace. Piano music by Jim Gabriel.


    • Wow! she must of told my mom that too bc my mom told me if you want a friend you have to be a friend.

      and the best advice my mom gave me was basically beauty is in the eye of the beholder. but she said it in a way that shocked me into believing it and living by it forever.

      I have a problem w spiders. when I was a kid I stepped on one and I cant tell you what I saw because I blacked out a little. but ever since I’ve been horrified of spiders. even spiderman is not allowed in the house.

      one day when I was about 10-11yo we were driving and I asked my mom why god made spiders so ugly.(we were Christian then)
      and she said “they’re not ugly to other spiders”.
      moral is; beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


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  9. Four tributes to Maya Angelou (first 3 are from Oprah’s page above):
    Robin: Maya Angelou was a Mentor to all of us. We didn’t have to touch her hand or look directly into her eyes from a few feet away to feel and learn from the awe-inspiring soul beauty that she embodies. Such was her power. My heart breaks for this world’s loss; even as it exults in Heaven’s gain today.

    Her presence in this world has left an indelible imprint upon it, that will not soon be forgotten by those who were fortunate to have known her & by all the rest who knew of her & felt her message through the poems she wrote & the words of wisdom she shared. May she rise with the angels into heaven’s everlasting light, shining her love down upon the world she loved & has left behind.

    Christiane :
    At the end of a song we don’t clap because it is over. We clap because it was beautiful. Today we applaud in standing ovation that beautiful song called Ms Maya Angelou!

    Today, the world loss a beautiful soul…the ever soulful, breathtaking, beacon of light…the wonderful, Maya Angelou…my spiritual grandmother! Though I’ve never met her but I loved her like no other. She made me see myself and accepted that I am a Phenomenal Woman and above all crisis…I Rise! Thank you, Maya….may your beautiful thought provoking words linger in our heart for eternity! Rest In Perfect Peace in our Father’s Kingdom!

    Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University:
    “Maya Angelou has been a towering figure — at Wake Forest and in American culture. She had a profound influence in civil rights and racial reconciliation. We will miss profoundly her lyrical voice and always keen insights.”


  10. Maya Angelou was appreciate and revered around the world:


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  12. At timestamp 1:54 you can watch Maya Angelo singing calypso:


  13. I feel a deep gratitude along with others that we were blessed by Maya Angelou’s presence among us. She touched hearts and souls.

    I am sure her heavenly arrival will be received with much rejoicing.


    • Ms. Angelou, you have been for me a living example of how one’s heart and spirit can NEVER be caged.

      God bless you through all eternity.


      • I can see your joyful heart in this photo.

        Makes me think of these lines from a hymn:

        In my heart there rings a melody,
        There rings a melody with Heaven’s harmony;
        In my heart there rings a melody,
        There rings a melody of love.


        • A thought-message is touching me right now:

          “It is more EXPANSIVE than ever imagined.”


    • Published on May 28, 2014
      The ladies of Moguldom did a special tribe to Maya Angelou. R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou. You will be truly missed!


  14. Maya Angelou knew about butterflies:


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