May 28 - American author and poet Maya Angelou, who is best known for her groundbreaking autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,'' has died at age 86. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Renowned author, poet, civil rights activist, and professor, Maya Angelou, has died at 86 years-old.
She penned more than 30 books, but is best known for her groundbreaking autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
In this coming-of-age story, Angelou provided eloquent commentary on race, gender and living life to its fullest.
In 2013, she received a lifetime achievement award from the Norman Mailer Center in New York.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MAYA ANGELOU, POET, SAYING:
"Imagine it. A black girl from a little village in Arkansas, smaller than this little town here, this little village, imagine it. Now considered one of the most important writers. Imagine it."
Angelou was also a Grammy winner for three spoken-word albums.
She read her poetry for Bill Clinton's Inauguration.
And in 2001, President Obama awarded her the medal of freedom.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OBAMA, SAYING:
"She has inspired countless others who have known injustice and misfortune in their own lives."
The strong woman with a strong voice passed away peacefully in her North Carolina home.
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