It wasn’t until Maya Angelou died that the full story of her life opened up to me, and helped me open up my own life in turn.
There's no official inaugural poem this year, so here are 14 that describe America as it is and as it could be.
The school district has since apologized.
It's all a part of her feminist book club, y'all.
"Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise, that I dance like I've got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs?"
Get ready to be inspired.
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Together in total euphony.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
The line often associated with Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings appeared in a children's book written two years prior.
Yes, Rosa Parks refused to get up on the bus. But did you know about her work with the NAACP?
"I have failed at many things, but I have never been afraid."
"She celebrated black women's beauty like no one had ever dared to before."
How I learned to read Maya Angelou -- lessons America is still learning.
All over the world, people remembered how the award-winning writer made them feel.
Rest in peace, Marguerite Johnson.
Dr. Maya Angelou lit a path for my life, as she did for so many of her readers. May her teachings live beyond her.
The renowned poet and activist was once a dancer and Calypso singer.
Before you read 'em all, start with these.
"I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”
Hear her unforgettable baritone read poems like "Phenomenal Woman" and "Still I Rise," and gain serious wisdom from her interviews and appearances. Have tissues ready.
Did you know she made Tupac Shakur cry?!
"His day is done."
The award-winning author, poet, and civil rights activist died on May 28 at age 86.
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
The award-winning author, poet, and civil rights activist was found unresponsive inside her Winston-Salem, N.C., home.
"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." Remembering the prolific author on the one year anniversary of her death.
Angelou took to Facebook to share this story about the photo of her dancing with the late Baraka.
Age ain't nothin' but a page number.
Keeping it real is a full-time job. Inspired by this thread on Quora.
From J.K. Rowling, Ray Bradbury, Maya Angelou, and a bunch of other people who know what they're talking about. NaNoWriMo, anyone?
Think "Friends With Benefits" but toss in a baby. The casting of Jon Hamm and Meagan Fox pretty much covers the demographic bases. Well played, Hollywood.
Toni Morrison and Alice Walker get behind Obama; Maya Angelou, Anne Rice and John Grisham support Clinton.