Posted May 28, 2014 by Luis Mercado in News

Poet Maya Angelou Passes Away At Age Of 86 [Update]

Poet Maya Angelou has reportedly passed away at the age of 86.

Angelou had been battling health problems recently, as she cancelled an appearance at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon where the civil rights activist will be honored before the annual Civil Rights Game.

As a writer she touched many hearts with her words as she wrote about her life, spoke out loud about society and also helped bring some of the greatest content to our big and small screens.

In 1969 she wrote an autobiography titled, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings her first and most famous of seven books about her life which gave an open outlook from an African-American woman’s perspective.

On top of just books, she also put many of her thoughts in the art of poetry. Her words covered many popular topics such as discrimination, life, love, and racism. She was even invited to Bill Clinton’s inauguration to read her poem On the Pulse of the Morning.

Over her life, Dr. Angelou has received three Grammy awards, received over 50 honorary degrees, is a member of the woman’s hall of fame, taught hundreds of students as Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, and is well respected all over the world.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Below is her appearance in the 1993 movie Poetic Justice, in which she wrote the poems Janet Jackson (Justice) was reciting throughout the movie.

Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m.  EST. her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was 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.


May you rest in peace and may your legacy continue to live on. We love you Maya Angelou!