Reports confirmed the death of North Carolina-based poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou this morning. She was 86 and had been experiencing health issues.
Dr. Maya Angelou, a Winston-Salem resident was was a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement.
Angelou, a Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis. In the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked Angelou to serve as northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Angelou received many accolades, including the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008.
This was her last tweet: