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Angelou said she spoke about these times in her life so that young people wouldn't think the generation before them never made any mistakes.

After the birth of her son she moved to San Diego where she worked as a nightclub waitress and even dabbled in drugs and prostitution.

Angelou died at her home in California on May 28, 2014, aged 86. Everything she represented as a woman, her creativity, her story, who she is.

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Before she became the influential writer the world knows, Angelou was a singer and dancer. "For some reason she took a liking to me and went out of her way to extend herself to me and I am forever grateful for that". She first acted and sang in 1957's Calypso Heat Wave but eventually turned to screenwriting for 1972's Georgia, Georgia (a romance about an African American singer who falls in love while performing in Stockholm), and then to directing with 1998's Down in the Delta starring Alfre Woodard and Wesley Snipes.

The author wrote a total of seven autobiographical books, starting with 1969's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, detailing her younger life while dealing with subjects such as rape and racism, which brought her global acclaim. After finding out that her uncle had killed her attacker, she believed that her words had murdered a man and fell silent. It feels like the ultimate privilege to have the opportunity to speak her words. Adorned with pearls and gold hoop earrings, Maya Angelou's animated counterpart jumps right off the screen.

You can check out the following collection of Angelou quotes for yourself in the following gallery.

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Wednesday also marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a friend of the author's. She was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award. It was only the second time a poem had been recited at an inauguration, the first being Robert Frost's recital at President John F Kennedy's ceremony in 1961. The Welcome Table to explore recipes that held personal meaning for her, and with Great Food, All Day Long, she shared an abiding love of preparing meals for others while focusing on healthy courses. She also wrote several books of essays, as well as screenplays and children's novels.

There, she experienced a life marred by the racial discrimination which underpinned everyday life in the American South.

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