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Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou, lyrical witness of the Jim Crow South, dies

Maya Angelou, the memoirist and poet whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday in her home.