A renaissance woman who approached her work with glee and fervor, Dr. Maya Angelou was the true example of a life well-lived. As we celebrate her what would have been her 88th birthday, here are 11 surprising facts about Maya Angelou's extraordinary journey.
The ESSENCE community was saddened to learn about the passing of the great Dr. Maya Angelou. Many of our readers took to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to share their beautiful tributes to the celebrated author and poet. Here are some of our favorites.
Watch her recite her Grammy-award winning poem, "On the Pulse of the Morning."
"I will miss her deeply, but I know her presence will always be with us,” says Quincy Jones
The family of the Maya Angelou released a statement via her Facebook page today.
President Obama calls Dr. Maya Angelou "one of the brightest lights of our time," in an official statement.
"A friend will stand for you when you are no longer able. A woman can say to herself, If I die, I know that my friend, my sister friend will be here to hold up the banner."
"Michelle Obama represents all women," shared Dr. Maya Angelou.
Do you remember your first encounter with a piece of poetry or book by Maya Angelou?
"Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God," read Dr. Angelou's last tweet.
Dr. Maya Angelou deliveres a poem entitled His Day is Done — A Tribute Poem for Nelson Mandela on behalf of the American people.
In Conversation: Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou on Sisterhood, and Their Friendship with Toni Morrison
American icon Maya Angelou passed at 86 years old. Here is an exclusive conversation we held on the occasion of Toni Morrison's 82nd birthday in 2013 in which Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni celebrate their 40-year friendship with Morrison and share their thoughts on the state of Black women.
Celebrated American icon Dr. Maya Angelou has passed at the age of 86. Here is an exclusive interview ESSENCE conducted with the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and poet in 2009.