The revered poet and activist Maya Angelou passed away today at the age of 86. Born as Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4th in 1928, Angelou grew up to be an artist in every sense of the word. Over her lifetime she practiced dance, performed on Broadway, worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and wrote inspiring poems as well as seven autobiographies. Though she had lived many years as a performer, it was not until 1969 with her first autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings that she rose to fame. She will be missed.