On Wednesday, author, poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, passed away in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86 years old.
Born Marguerite Johnson, Angelou’s works include seven autobiographies, more than a dozen books of poetry, and even two cookbooks, among countless other pieces of literature.
She has 50 honorary degrees, and served on two presidential committees. She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the country, by President Barack Obama.
Her long and distinguished history of civil rights activism as well as her wisdom conveyed in her literature have inspired countless people to believe in themselves and achieve their potential.
Many people affected by Angelou’s work have taken to Twitter using the #MayaTaughtMe hashtag to express their adoration and the influence she’s had on their lives.