On May 28, 2014 Maya Angelou, hall of fame author and poet, died. Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a scholarship to train in African dance in 1952 and toured Europe with a production of the opera “Porgy and Bess” from 1954 to 1955. She recorded her first album, “Miss Calypso," and was featured in the movie “Calypso Heat Wave” in 1957. In the late 1950s, she was active in the Civil Rights Movement, serving as the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Angelou’s first and best known book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (1969), was nominated for a National Book Award and her 1971 volume of poetry, “Just Give Me a Cool Drink ‘Fore I Diiie," was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the 1993 inauguration of President William J. Clinton. Her recording of the poem won the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Non-Traditional Album. She also won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for “Phenomenal Woman” in 1995 and “A Song Flung Up to Heaven” in 2002. Angelou was the 1994 recipient of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Spingarn Medal. Angelou was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998, was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor the nation bestows on an individual artist, by President William J. Clinton December 20, 2000, and was awarded the Lincoln Medal in 2008. Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack H. Obama February 15, 2011. She received the Norman Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2013 and was awarded over 30 honorary doctorate degrees. She published seven autobiographies, the last one, “Mom & Me & Mom," in 2013. The United States Postal Service issued a commemorative postage stamp in her honor in 2015.