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Maya Angelou

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Earlier this year, KERA sponsored an essay contest for high school students across North Texas. The assignment: Draw inspiration from a poem by Maya Angelou to talk about race relations in the U.S.

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Poet, autobiographer, activist and essayist Maya Angelou died earlier today at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86.

In 1992, KERA taped Angelou at her home reading her poem, “Still I Rise,” for the documentary, Kindred Spirits: Contemporary African-American Artists. (See the video below.)

Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of a series of memoirs.