Maya Angelou Dead at 86: The Life of the Renowned Poet and Author

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The world literary and otherwise was plunged into mourning Wednesday with the announcement of Maya Angelou's death at the age of 86. Angelou had reportedly been battling health problems before her death. Beloved for her numerous autobiographies and her poetry, Angelou was also known for the moving reading she gave at Bill Clinton's 1993 Inauguration. Angelou also lent her words to President Obama's 2008 campaign.

Though we will remember Angelou for her lasting words, she also leaves behind her own legacy. She was a dancer, a civil rights activist, a dramatist, and a filmmaker who earned more than 30 honorary degrees. Angelou was set to receive the "Beacon Of Life Award" Friday at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon.

Angelou is one of the most inspiring literary figures of her generation, particularly for Black Americans. We remember her incredible life and career through photos.

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