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Prolific American author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died at 86.

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On the morning of May 28, 2014, frail and suffering from a heart-related extended illness, 86-year-old Maya Angelou was found unconscious by her caretaker. Accustomed to doing things her way, Angelou had instructed her staff to not resuscitate her in such a condition.

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The memorial ceremony in Maya Angelou's honor, hosted by Wake Forest University, included many luminaries. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Angelou's long-time friend and protege, planned and directed the heartfelt tribute.


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Poet and essayist Maya Angelou died at the age of 86, according to reports in her hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C.
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Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis and raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and San Francisco. Her life included writing poetry by age 9, giving birth as a single mother by 17, and becoming San Francisco’s first black streetcar conductor. She also once danced at a strip joint, shared the stage with comic Phyllis Diller and garnered career advice from singer Billie Holiday. She wrote music and plays, received an Emmy nomination for her acting in the 1970s TV miniseries “Roots” and danced with Alvin Ailey.

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In 1951, Maya studied modern dance under greats Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham, even teaming with Ailey to perform at local functions as Al and Rita. Working as a professional calypso dancer at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, Maya was still called Marguerite Johnson. But that soon changed when, at the insistence of her managers, Maya combined her former husband's surname and Bailey's nickname of Maya, to create the distinctive name, Maya Angelou.

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Tall and majestic, Angelou added heft to her spoken words with a deep and sonorous voice, describing herself as a poet in love with “the music of language.” In 1993, she recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history, “On the Pulse of Morning,” when Clinton opened his first term. She inspired many and became a mentor to Winfrey before she became a talk show host.

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Through Mrs. Flowers, Maya realized the power, eloquence, and beauty of the spoken word. The ritual awakened Maya's passion for poetry, built confidence, and slowly goaded her out of silence. Once reading books as a refuge from reality, she now read books to understand it. To Maya, Bertha Flowers was the ultimate role model—someone she could aspire to become.

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In her 2002 memoir, , Angelou wrote of her friendship with writer James Baldwin: "Once after we had spent an afternoon talking and drinking with a group of white writers in a downtown bar, he said he liked that I could hold my liquor and my positions. He was pleased that I could defend Edgar Allan Poe and ask serious questions about Willa Cather."

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In a statement Wednesday, Loomis wrote, "Maya, a dear friend, helped change our hearts and minds about the African American experience in the United States, bringing it to vivid life."