It is with sadness that The Shadow League reports that the great Dr. Maya Angelou has passed. Recently canceling an appearance due to health, Angelou died at her home today, Wednesday, May 28, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 86.

Born April 4, 1928, Angelou was a dancer, singer, journalist, editor, activist, director, prophetic writer, poet, and author. A phenomenal woman who deeply knew of and believed in her worth, she made famous the quote, “I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me."

The author of 6 memoirs, 9 children’s books, 13 collections of poetry, and 4 collections of essays; she was a three time Grammy winner nominated for a Pulitzer and Tony. Given the presidential Medal of Freedom by Obama, Maya never attended college, but was award 30 honorary degrees. Fluent in six different languages, Dr. Angelou always spoke out, bringing up souls, inspiring, and providing inspiration. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,” she said, “but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

"You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive." – Maya Angelou

Check the The Shadow League for more detailed, extensive coverage on the great, amazing life of Dr. Maya Angelou. #RIPMayaAngelou