WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died. She was 86.
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines tells a North Carolina TV station, WGHP, that Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning.
Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.
Angelou had been scheduled to speak at RIT in April of 2013 but had to cancel the visit due to a recent hospitalization. The visit was for RIT's celebration of Women's History Month.
WXXI News interviewed Angelou before the event cancelation. Angelou spoke about the need for women to have courage, especially those involved in abusive relationships.
In response to Rochester's high crime rate, Angelou's advice -- mainly directed to Rochester's youth -- was to love one another. But to do that, Angelou stated one must love themselves first.
At the time of the interview, Angelou's new book "Me & Mom & Me" was just released. The book focused on the relationship Angelou had with her mother, and she called the book the strongest and best she's written.
Angelou, one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, is a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, producer, actress, filmmaker and civil rights activist.
She has received over 50 honorary degrees and was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
Angelou is famous for saying, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”