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Maya Angelou

7 Aug, 2014

Maya Angelou was an American poet, author, and actress born in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri.  During her career, Angelou released three essay books, seven autobiographies, and many poetry books.  Some of her most well known poem collections include Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water,  And Still I Rise, I Shall Not Be Moved, Poems, On the Pulse of the Morning and Now Sheba Sings the Song.  Angelou won numerous awards such as the Horatio Alger Award, Crystal Award, Spingarn Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mother Theresa Award, and Coretta Scott King Honor.  She also received over 50 honorary degrees.  Angelou was formerly married on two separate occasions to Tosh Angelos and Paul du Feu.  In 2014, Angelou died at the age of 86 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.