According to reports issued by her home town of Winston-Salem, North Caroline; acclaimed author, poet and essayist Maya Angelou was found dead in her home early Wednesday (May 28th,2014) morning by her caregiver.
Maya Angelou was best know for the first of her seven volume memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (1970). In which she gave detail of surviving rape at age seven and the birth of her son out of wedlock at age seventeen. The memoir also discusses the trials and tribulations of those who lived within the confines of the Jim Crow Laws in the south as well as the detrimental effects of trauma it caused “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (1970) is praised as a coming of age story that shows the character and strength of those who have strived to overcome racism.
Although her education ended with formal high school, Maya Angelou has been awarded with over 30 honorary doctorates/degrees and over 50 awards, which rightly earned her the title of Dr. Angelou. On top of her honorary doctorates, Dr. Angelou had taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
Maya Angelou’s career was successful and pure as her message spanned globally with her stint as an editor for an Egyptian newspaper to her role as a drama teacher to students in Ghana. Angelou’s message didn’t just spread within the confines of books, her works inspired many plays, films, and lecterns.
Besides gracing readers with her prodigious work, Angelou was also an avid civil rights activist. She often was seen working with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. The three were good friends and all three believed in the dissemination of information through literature, lectures, rallies, and non silenced activism. In doing so Angelou assisted with the dissemination of information to the black community, destroying the African-American fear of the unknown; the fear of what the oppressive government had the ability to do.
A representative of the Angelou family posted a statement on her Facebook page that read, “Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”
As of now, the world is mourning as we await further details about the cause of death. At the moment, we can assume the Angelou Family will proceed with this unfortunate event in whichever way they deem fit. As civilized beings, we should respect the privacy of late Dr. Angelou and her family as they mourn.
"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
Maya Angelou will always be an inspiration to me. Her works will never be forgotten and will continue to educate those who seek knowledge. Dr. Angelou was an inspiration, she was a child rape survivor using her experiences of racism, sexism, and abuse as a source of strength/knowledge. My respect for her is eternal.
-Susie the Moderator
Rest In Peace
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