Angelou’s legacy will touch new generations

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Last week we lost a legend and an icon, Maya Angelou.

Author, poet, civil rights activist and actress are just some of the titles Angelou earned during her lifetime.

A longtime professor at Wake Forest University, Dr. Angelou died Wednesday at her home. She was 86 years old.

Her talents and work made us all look at life in new ways. While we mourn the loss of such an iconic figure, let’s not forget all the things she stood for.

From her most famous book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” to her well-known poem, “Phenomenal Woman,” Angelou used art and literature to eloquently tackle issues of race, gender and self-esteem.

She dedicated her life to making the world a better place both on screen and off.

The characters she played and wrote about kept us entertained and engaged, while her efforts during the Civil Rights Movement and in the community influenced many generations to come.

Let’s take a moment to remember Dr. Angelou and continue to honor her legacy of hard work, equality and justice.

As she once so eloquently put it: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”