Maya Angelou, the American author and poet, has died today (Wednesday, May 28, 2014). She was 86-years-old. The African-American author was also a civil rights activist. A witness to the Jim Crow South, her most famous work may be I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Angelou was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for her first book of poetry (Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie). She won three Grammy Awards for her spoken word performances.
This New York Times obituary has details of her life, photographs, and video. Negromancer sends condolences to her family and friends. Rest in Peace, Ms. Angelou.