American poet Maya Angelou has died at 86, her home school of Wake Forest University said Wednesday.
Angelou’s most famous work is the best-selling I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, her 1969 autobiography detailing her upbringing during the tumultuous years prior to America’s civil rights movement. With her high-profile literature, she was able to work alongside historical figures including Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Angelou, a professor of American Studies for more than 30 years at Wake Forest, famously read a poem titled “On the Pulse of Morning,” at President Bill Clinton‘s 1993 inauguration.
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In her final tweet last week, Angelou, who had a close friendship with Oprah Winfrey, wrote, “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”
“The world has lost a truly remarkable activist, educator and an inspiration to all,” Jenner wrote. “Rest In Peace.”