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Celebrating Maya Angelou on What Would’ve Been Her 87th Birthday

Paola Vasquez | In Style   in 
April 4, 2015

Today, we celebrate all of Maya Angelou’s accomplishments on what would have been her 87th birthday. The beloved author, dancer, actress, singer, and civil rights activist is best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which became the first non-fiction bestseller by an African-American woman. Through her career, many have honored the multi-talented educator. Case in point: Angelou was awarded the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album in 1994, the NAACP appointed Angelou as an American Ambassador, and President Barack Obama presented the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to her.


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