Maya Angelou, Famed Poet and Author, Dies at 86

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Maya Angelou, renowned poet and novelist, has died Wednesday morning at age 86.

Angelou's literary agent said the famed writer died at her North Carolina home, according to CNN.

A prominent figure in the civil rights movement, she worked alongside the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. In her later years she became an esteemed lecturer and professor.

In 1969, her autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," was one the first best-sellers written by a black woman. Her poem "On the Pulse of Morning," which she wrote for President Clinton's first inauguration in 1993, won her a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word.

In 1998, she directed the film "Down in the Delta" about a drug-addicted woman who returns to her family's ancestral home in rural Mississippi.