Published May 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM | Updated at 12:02 PM EDT on Apr 4, 2018
Acclaimed American poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou launched herself from a life of hardship into the country's consciousness with her famed autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" in 1970. Since then, Angelou was celebrated by some of the country's most powerful figures in the media and politics. She would have turned 90 on April 4, 2018. See her life in photos.