Maya Angelou, author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, died Wednesday May 28 at the age of 86. Leaders all around the world had something to say about Angelou. President Obama said:
“Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things — an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller — and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking — but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves.”
As well as being a writer, Angelou also was well known as a poet, actor, singer, and civil-rights activist. She changed politics and American culture. Celebrities around the U.S. also reacted to her passing on Twitter. Rihanna changed her Twitter avatar to Angelou’s face and Beyonce quoted Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” on Instagram.
Others reacted emotionally on Twitter and told of how Angelou had changed their lives for the better. Ryan Seacrest quoted Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
Rest in peace, Maya Angelou. Your words brought much wisdom and change to the world.