Earlier today, Maya Angelou passed away at age 86 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This woman is to be remembered for her pivotal role in the literary civil rights movement, particularly her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She is pictured above reciting her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton in January of 1993. Angelou remained active as a poet and essayist from 1969 (the publication of her memoir) until her recent death. For her powerful way with words, she will be long remembered.