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Maya Angelou Reads "And Still I Rise"

Nick Greene

Legendary author and poet Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86.

Angelou, who the New York Times called the "Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South," began her literary career with the coming-of-age memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Besides her autobiographical work, she was also an established dramatist and poet. Here she is reciting her poem "And Still I Rise."