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.




New Jersey Senator Cory Booker thanked Angelou for her work.

While many of those in TV, film and literature did the same.





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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