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Poet and activist Maya Angelou addresses the Democratic
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Poet and activist Maya Angelou addresses the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004, in Boston. (Credit: Getty Images / Paul J. Richards)

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Maya Angelou through the years

Maya Angelou, a poet, author and civil rights activist who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86.

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