Legendary Author Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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U.S. Poet Laureate Maya Angelou is being remembered.She passed away at her North Carolina home Wednesday morning. She was 86.

Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.

“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace,” Johnson said.

She rose from poverty and segregation to become, not only an acclaimed poet and novelist but also a civil rights activist, educator and historian. CCTV Correspondent Chris Clackum brings us the reactions to her death and more on the legacy Angelou leaves behind.

Legendary Author Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Legendary Author Maya Angelou Dies at 86

U.S. Poet Laureate Maya Angelou is being remembered.She passed away at her North Carolina home Wednesday morning. The 86-year-old author and poet rose from poverty and segregation to become, not only an acclaimed poet and novelist but also a civil rights activist, educator and historian. CCTV Correspondent Chris Clackum brings us the reactions to her death and more on the legacy Angelou leaves behind.

CCTV actually had the privilege to speak to Angelou last year, shortly after Nelson Mandela died. Here’s a clip of that interview.

Poet Maya Angelou reflects on Nelson Mandela

Poet Maya Angelou reflects on Nelson Mandela

Maya Angelou spoke with CCTV America in December 2013 just after the death of Nelson Mandela.