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Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

Maya_Angelou_speech_for_Barack_Obama_campaign_2008From the New York Times:

“Maya Angelou, the memoirist and poet whose landmark book of 1969, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ — which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday in her home. She was 86 and lived in Winston-Salem, N.C.”

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