Remembering Maya Angelou's Legacy on Her 87th Birthday
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Today, we celebrate all of Maya Angelou's accomplishments on what would have been her 87th birthday. The beloved author, dancer, actress, singer, and civil rights activist is best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which became the first non-fiction bestseller by an African-American woman. Through her career, many have honored the multi-talented educator. Case in point: Angelou was awarded the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album in 1994, the NAACP appointed Angelou as an American Ambassador, and President Barack Obama presented the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to her.

On April 7 at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., the cherished poet, who passed away last May at the age of 86, will be honored with her own Postal Forever Stamp by Oprah Winfrey. In honor of Dr. Maya Angelou's life, let's remember her for her courageous words. "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."