May 28 - American author and poet Maya Angelou, who is best known for her groundbreaking autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,'' has died at age 86. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Renowned author, poet, civil rights activist, and professor, Maya Angelou, has died at 86 years-old. She penned more than 30 books, but is best known for her groundbreaking autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." In this coming-of-age story, Angelou provided eloquent commentary on race, gender and living life to its fullest. In 2013, she received a lifetime achievement award from the Norman Mailer Center in New York. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAYA ANGELOU, POET, SAYING: "Imagine it. A black girl from a little village in Arkansas, smaller than this little town here, this little village, imagine it. Now considered one of the most important writers. Imagine it." Angelou was also a Grammy winner for three spoken-word albums. She read her poetry for Bill Clinton's Inauguration. And in 2001, President Obama awarded her the medal of freedom. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OBAMA, SAYING: "She has inspired countless others who have known injustice and misfortune in their own lives." The strong woman with a strong voice passed away peacefully in her North Carolina home.