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Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Maya Angelou


Luminary Maya Angelou passed away today at age 86. Perhaps best known for her autobiographical works, such as the highly acclaimed I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou also gained distinction as a celebrated poet, dancer, singer, journalist, civil rights activist, and teacher. Angelou’s extraordinary life is detailed in seven autobiographical books: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Gather Together in My Name Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas The Heart of a Woman All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes A Song Flung Up to Heaven Mom & Me & Mom Her poetry, including “On the Pulse of Morning” which she famously recited at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, is collected in The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie: the Poetry of Maya Angelou. Literary essay collections include Letter to My Daughter. Video and audio recordings of this remarkable woman can be found through the library and streaming online.