Maya Angelou, whose landmark 1969 book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings — an unsparing account of growing up in the South at the time of Jim Crow laws — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday 28 May at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86 years old. Many tributes have been written about her passing, including one from the International New York Times.
She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than 50 years. She received dozens of awards and over 30 honorary doctoral degrees.
Remember the beloved author and poet with her autobiographies, poetry, essays and recordings.