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Valley reaction to the death of Maya Angelou

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Renowned poet, author and civil right activist Maya Angelou has died at 86.

The first African-American woman to enjoy mainstream success as an author died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Maya Angelou's accomplishments include Pulitzer Prize nominations, three Grammys, more than 30 honorary degrees, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, plus a request to compose a poem for President Bill Clinton's Inauguration in 1993 that ultimately became a best-seller.

It was her eloquent way with words that seemed to put poetry in motion. Empowering and inspiring so many nationwide and around the world.

Tracey Winbush was honored to interview Maya Angelou on her radio show right here in the Valley several years ago. "It was humbling, because she was a national treasure. She really, really was, and no matter where she stood politically, you had to respect her art and who she was because she fought so we could do what we could do what we do today," Winbush said.

While many remember Angelou as a voice in the civil rights movement, others say the voice she gave to the written word as an acclaimed poet, novelist, educator and historian impacted a generation.

Reverend Lewis Macklin of Youngstown says, "She taught us by example to love yourself, to celebrate who you are, to accept yourself and don't necessarily be accepted by your circumstances and your conditions. So I appreciate and applaud her for not only giving voice not only just to women, but to all Americans."


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