Maya Angelou was undoubtedly one of the most revered literary figures. The author, poet and all-around artist used her way with words as a tool to educate and empower generations, garnering theÂ praise of prominent figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela and United States presidents. In a special Oprah’s Master Class episode, the master teacher said, “I hold nothing back because I want to see that light go off. I like to see the children say, ‘I never thought of that before.’ And I think, I’ve got them!” Maya found her voice after a traumatic childhood experience that resulted in her not talking for nearly six years. Instead, she took to writing and never stopped. Some of Dr. Angelou’s most noted works areÂ IÂ Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Still IÂ Rise and Phenomenal Woman. She is a Grammy winner and Medal of Freedom recipient. Maya Angelou was 86 years old when she died on May 28th.