Literary legend, poet and activist Maya Angelou passed away Wednesday, at the age of 86.
The civil rights and women’s activist was hailed as one of the greatest voices in contemporary literature, and began her crusade with her first autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
Angelou cemented her place in literary history through her vast catalogue of autobiographies, novels and poetry. Writers, musicians and just about everyone else took to Twitter to celebrate her life and work, while realizing that there may never be another one like her.
Many musicians from varying genres paid their respects to the poet.
Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou’s passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. Her light will be sorely missed.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) May 28, 2014
Sad to hear of the passing of Maya Angelou. What an incredible mind, heart and spirit. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” — Andy Biersack (@AndyBVB) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou shaped culture for generations to come. She will be missed. #MayaAngelou God be with her family in this season of grief. — Tedashii (@Tedashii) May 28, 2014
I will miss the amazing voice of #mayaangelou. She has inspired a whole generation for her resilience, her beauty and her passion for Africa — Angelique Kidjo (@angeliquekidjo) May 28, 2014
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker thanked Angelou for her work.
“We encounter many defeats, but we must never be defeated.” #MayaAngelou: Thank you for illuminating our world. RIP. Your light shines on. — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 28, 2014
While many of those in TV, film and literature did the same.
Maya Angelou, a true American hero. A woman of uncommon eloquence & strength. The stars are less lonesome now, the caged bird is free. — rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou is my hero. She gave me courage to love myself and others. Her life was a gift to so many. — America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) May 28, 2014
Thank you, #MayaAngelou, for teaching the rest of us how to use words with bravery and grace to move the world to tears and action.
— Jodi Picoult (@jodipicoult) May 28, 2014
Today the world lost one of it’s greatest gifts. I’m sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 28, 2014
But still, like air, she rises. Yes Ma’am. Rise. Rise. Rise. #MayaAngelou
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou answers listeners questions about her first book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, for the BBC’s World Book Club.
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