“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou, a renowned poet and novelist, died at her home on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Dr. Angelou was awarded with the National Medal of Arts by Bill Clinton in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and a Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, by President Obama in 2011. She also earned the title of the first female to operate a cable car.

She published a series of seven autobiographies, which focused on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first book she wrote, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), was a recount of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

As we remember Dr. Angelou, an international treasure, we turn to social media to hear her final thoughts of wisdom:

facebook post maya angelou

maya angelou

Thousands of people have already taken to social media to mourn the legend, sharing their favorite quotes, lessons (using the #MayaTaughtMe hashtag) and even a couple links to her last tweets and Facebook posts. You can view the tributes here.

iRISEmedia joins the world  in mourning the passing of Dr. Angelou – a tall and stately figure, with a deep, regal voice. She has defied all probability and category, becoming one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually dozens of mediums.

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