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Maya Angelou was a famed writer, poet, and civil rights activist. Her career began with her internationally famous book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, where she openly discussed the trauma she endured as a seven-year-old. She later became a world-class, respected African-American who politically advocated for women and Black culture, working alongside Martin Luther King Jr. at times.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton requested that she write and recite a poem, On the Pulse of Morning, at his inauguration, which went on to win a Grammy and became part of her best-selling poetry book. An incredible and heartening list of Maya Angelou quotes that capture the incredible woman she was can be read below.