Author Maya Angelou socializes during a garden party at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., on May 20, 2010. Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died, CBS News confirmed on May 28, 2014. She was 86.
President Bill Clinton congratulates poet/writer Maya Angelou after presenting her with the National Medal of Arts at Constitution Hall on Dec. 20, 2000, in Washington. The award is presented to individuals for their contributions to the arts in America.
Poet and activist Maya Angelou addresses the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2004.
Maya Angelou, seen here in a 1971 photo, was one of the first black women film directors. She wrote the script and music, as well as directed "Caged Bird," which is based on her best-selling 1969 autobiography.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy poses with three of six women in the field of communications who received the thirteenth annual Matrix Award from the New York Chapter of Women in Communications, Inc, on April 11, 1983.
Poet Maya Angelou addresses the Million Man March on Oct. 16, 1995, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Coretta Scott King, widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou speak to members of the media after visiting Betty Shabazz, the widow of slain civil rights activist Malcom X, at Jacobi Hospital, June 2, 1997.
Author Maya Angelou admires a blow-up a of a Ghana postage stamp in her honor during a ceremony, Nov. 13,1997.
Twelve Black authors were honored on stamps from Ghana and Uganda to promote World Literacy. The stamps were designed by Gary Aagaard of Seattle.
Michelle Obama and Maya Angelou speak during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre, January 14, 2012.
Maya Angelou and Oprah attend Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular at the United Center, May 17, 2011.
Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, Willow Smith, Cicely Tyson, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott speak during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre, January 14, 2012.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton holds the hand of Dr. Maya Angelou during a conversation in front of an audience at Wake Forest University during a campaign stop, April 18, 2008.
Michelle Obama embraces Maya Angelou appears on the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre, Jan. 14, 2012.
Newly sworn-in U.S. President Bill Clinton reaches out to hug poet Maya Angelou after she delivered her inaugural poem on the west steps of the Capitol during inauguration ceremonies, Jan. 20, 1993.
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Junot Diaz, Alain Bernard, Lawrence Schiller and Dr. Maya Angelou attend the Norman Mailer Center's Fifth Annual Benefit Gala, Oct. 17, 2013.
Writer Maya Angelou attends the memorial celebration for Odetta at Riverside Church, Feb. 24, 2009.
Dr. Maya Angelou speaks on stage during the 34th Annual AWRT Gracie Awards Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis, June 3, 2009.
Dr. Maya Angelou visits The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to announce the acquisition of documents from her 40-year career, Oct. 29, 2010.
U.S. President Barack Obama presents poet and author Maya Angelou with the 2010 Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House, February 15, 2011.
Tony Bennett and Maya Angelou attend The Norman Mailer Center Fifth Annual Benefit Gala at The New York Public Library, October 17, 2013.
Maya Angelou laughs when she hears a familiar anecdote about her friend Jessica Mitford, during a memorial celebration, July 29, 1996.
Writer Maya Angelou sautes some onions and peppers in the kitchen of the Sugar Bar restaurant, where she spent the day cooking a meal as a guest chef for a benefit dinner. Proceeds from the five course dinner she prepared were to be donated to the Betty Shabazz Foundation, Sept. 29,1997.
Maya Angelou, poet in residence at Wake Forest University, talks about the poem she wrote for President Clinton's inauguration from her office on Sept. 16, 1996.
United States Poet Laureate Maya Angelou, right, performs a special Valentines Day concert with Valerie Simpson, center, and Nick Ashford of the legendary R&B group Ashford and Simpson in New York's Paramount Theater, Feb. 14, 1996.