Her eloquence of expression was known to fans worldwide.
From penning poetry to captivating performances in TV and movie roles.
She had the ability to connect on many levels, resonating with everyone from folks who were "regular" to those who were "regal."
Here's a true testament to her artistic excellence: Even those who would not consider themselves
as legitimate poetry "fans" can often quote a line or two from her popular works, (particularly "Phenomenal Woman").
Her career soared to new heights, in 1970 with her moving memoir, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Chronicling the racism and abuse she experienced in her youth, growing up in the south.
Since its debut, "Caged Bird" has been translated into 17 languages, selling over a million copies.
Maya had true "staying power" in the arts and entertainment industry. For more than five decades, she enjoyed success in an array of different arenas: cabaret singing, dancing with Alvin Ailey, authoring books, and performing on Broadway.
She won numerous Grammy awards, commendations and medals, and was recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom--the highest honor granted to civilians.
Maya Angelou epitomized the "Phenomenal Woman."
She will be truly missed...