American Poet Maya Angelou, author of 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,' dies at age 86.
M. Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. Maya grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist.
President Bill Clinton asked her to read a poem at his inauguration. It was the first poem read at an inauguration in 32 years.
City Island Images applauds USA Today for celebrating the legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou. Her voice, passion, and life left a lasting influence on our nation. Dr. Angelou was deeply involved in our nation’s Civil Rights movement and spent her life helping ensure that dignity, respect and opportunity were extended to all. Her poetry and prose were an extension of her love and hope for humanity, a testimony of wisdom and strength that will continue to inspire future generations.