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Renowned poet, civil rights activist Maya Angelou dies in Winston-Salem

Maya Angelou (Source: Wake Forest University)

Maya Angelou (Source: Wake Forest University)

Sad news in Winston-Salem today, as the death of poet Maya Angelou was reported.

Angelou, 86, a professor at Wake Forest University, died at her Winston-Salem home, according to WGHP (Fox 8) in High Point.

From the Fox 8 story:

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning.

Angelou’s publicist, Helen Brann, also confirmed the news.

Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.

Angelou was set to be honored with the “Beacon of Life Award” at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on May 30 in Houston.

Wake Forest University issued a statement on Wednesday:

“Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Angelou’s last public comments include this Tweet she sent out last week:

 

The New York Times had this to say about Angelou:

 

One Comment


  1. Jack

    May 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I first saw Ms. Angelou in person at the 1994 dedication of the NC Museum of History. It was a wonderful event. She had a strong presence and her comments were delightful.

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