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The tragic death of Maya Angelou has left those she has inspired, touched and impacted all around the world in mourning.
Angelou was one of the most famous American poets of the 20th century, best known for her memoir, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Angelou has had many inspiring moments throughout the years, one of them being in 1993 when she read the poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” for President Bill Clinton’s inauguration.
The poet, who died in her home town in North Carolina at the age of 86, also made history as the e the first African American woman to direct a film in Hollywood. In 1998, she directed the film Down in the Delta.
Celebrities like Ryan Seacrest and Girls creator Lena Dunham took to Twitter to say a few words about Angelou’s passing. Here are just some examples of the impact Angelou has had on our world.
"I've learned that you shouldn't go thru life w/ a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." -Maya Angelou
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) May 28, 2014
The world has lost a truly remarkable activist, educator and an inspiration to all. Rest In Peace… http://t.co/rh83EwhOZ4
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) May 28, 2014
RT '@DrMayaAngelou: Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.' Her last tweet is so poignant....
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) May 28, 2014
Thank you, Maya, for your power, your politics, your poetry. We need you more than ever. Rest in peace.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 28, 2014
So saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing. A true inspiration, fluent in 7 languages 13 honorary degrees. pic.twitter.com/Le8n2bjYO4
— Rocco DiSpirito (@roccodispirito) May 28, 2014
image via Twitter from Rocco DiSpirito
— Christina Milian (@ChristinaMilian) May 28, 2014
Rest with the angels, Maya Angelou. pic.twitter.com/iPNSvui8BL
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 28, 2014
image via Twitter from Alyssa Milano
Carrie Ann Inaba
REST IN PEACE @MayaAngelou God has taken back an angel. Let us remember her powerful words & live by them & continue her beautiful legacy.
— Carrie Ann Inaba (@carrieanninaba) May 28, 2014