Maya Angelou

A poet, dancer, singer, activist, and scholar Maya Angelou was also a world-famous author. She was best known for her unique and pioneering autobiographical writing style. Many national and international organizations recognized her for her contributions to literature. In 2011, President Obama awarded Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. Angelou died on May 28, 2014, but her inspiring words and actions live on.
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