Maya Angelou, the oft-quoted poet, professor, and civil rights leader, died Wednesday at the age of 86, sparking an outpouring of remembrances and tributes on Twitter.
The New York Times reported
that her landmark 1969 book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," was "among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership" and described her childhood in the Jim Crow south.
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The world seemed to stand still after the news of her death broke, with thousands taking time celebrate her memory and speak out about the enormous impact she’s had on her country. Students of her work, celebrities, politicians, organizations, and more commented on their personal experiences with Angelou and her work, and many used social media to lift up Angelou's voice by quoting her directly.
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