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Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou

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As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, America's Poet Laureate Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. The poet died last night, May 27th in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina hospital while recovering from an unexpected ailment. She died surrounded by her family. Below, BroadwayWorld remembers the legend.

Angelou has received more than 30 honorary degrees from universities worldwide. She is perhaps best known for her 1969 book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", which tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

The poet was set to be honored this Friday, May 30th in Houston where she was going to be given the Beacon of Life Award.

Among her many famous quotes is - "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Michelle Obama & Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Michelle Obama & Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Michelle Obama with Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Michelle Obama with Maya Angelou, Willow Smith, Cicely Tyson, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Michelle Obama with Maya Angelou, Willow Smith, Cicely Tyson, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Michelle Obama with Maya Angelou, Willow Smith, Cicely Tyson, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Michelle Obama & Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Michelle Obama & Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Michelle Obama & Maya Angelou during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City..June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City..June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou and Richard Parsons attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City..June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou Attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City. June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City..June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou Attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City. June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Gayle King and Dr. Maya Angelou attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City. June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Gayle King & Maya Angelou Attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City. June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Gayle King and Maya Angelou Attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City. June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou Attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City. June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou Attending The Abyssinian Development Corporation's (ADC) Tenth Annual Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast at City College in Harlem, New York City. June 15, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou at the opening of "Milllennium Village" at Epcot Walt Disney World, Florida in 1999.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Photograph of Maya Angelou at the celebration of Quincy Jones' 50th year in music at the Roseland in New York, 1995

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou at the opening of "Milllennium Village" at Epcot Walt Disney World, Florida on 9/30/99.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou at the opening of "Milllennium Village" at Epcot Walt Disney World, Florida on 9/30/99.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou pictured at the opening of "Beloved" at the Ziefield Theatre in NYC on 10/08/98.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou attends the opening of "Beloved" at the Ziefield Theatre in NYC on 10/08/98.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou attends the International Radio and Television honors Oprah Winfrey at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on 3/20/1996

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou at the opening of "Milllennium Village" at Epcot Walt Disney World, Florida on 9/30/99.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou at the opening of "Milllennium Village" at Epcot Walt Disney World, Florida on 9/30/99.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou at the opening of "Milllennium Village" at Epcot Walt Disney World, Florida on 9/30/99.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou at the opening of "Milllennium Village" at Epcot Walt Disney World, Florida on 9/30/99.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou at the opening of "Milllennium Village" at Epcot Walt Disney World, Florida on 9/30/99.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou giving a speach at the opening of "Millennium Village" in Disney World on 9/30/99.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou Attending the Celebration of Quincy Jones' 50th Year in Music at Roseland, New York City. November 7, 1995

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou at the celebration of Quincy Jones' 50th year in music at the Roseland in New York, 11/7/1995

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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