A legend has died. Author, poet, political activist, and literary giant, Dr. Maya Angelou, has died at the age of 86. Dr. Angelou was discovered unresponsive by her caretaker in her home in Winston Salem on the morning of May 28th, 2014. Among many accomplishments, Dr. Angelou was best known for her award winning writings, most notably ” I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” which focused on her personal life during her childhood and early adulthood. Born Marguerite Johnson on April 4th, 1928 In St. Louis, Missouri, she was affectionately given the nickname Maya by her older brother, meaning “My”or “Mya Sister”. At the age of 17 Maya gave birth to her son Clyde two weeks after graduating high school. The birth of her son Clyde was inspiration for her second biography ” Gather In My Name”. Though she faced many challenges in her early life, she went on to become one of the greatest literary geniuses of our time, her contributions to our society will be missed as well as her larger than life spirit. Among many honorary degrees, Dr. Angelou received an honorary degree from Howard University in 1986.