And still I rise … Maya Angelou in 1999. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian
(April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014 )
Maya Angelou, the American poet and author, died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday May 28, 2014 . She was 86.
Short Biography of this Legendary author Maya Angelou in this video
Her son, Guy B Johnson, confirmed the news in a statement. He said: “Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension.
“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”
Johnson said Angelou “passed quietly in her home” sometime before 8am on Wednesday.
Bill Clinton, at whose inauguration Angelou read her On the Pulse of the Morning, said in a statement: America has lost a national treasure, and Hillary and I a beloved friend.”
Angelou reciting her poem, “On the Pulse of Morning”, at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, January 1993
Click on this linkand watch the video- Maya Angelou’s poem from Clinton’s inauguration, January 1993 .
Read more about her Obituary, Interview , Book extracts etc and other related details on this The Guardian newspaper link .
MAY THE SOUL OF MAYA ANGELOU REST
IN ETERNAL PEACE
There are some nights when
sleep plays coy,
aloof and disdainful.
And all the wiles
that I employ to win
its service to my side
are useless as wounded pride,
and much more painful.
May her Soul rest in Peace !
Avo @ Chandrapukar !