The world has truly lost someone special. Her contributions to literature continue to go unmatched. As an African American author, poet, actress, etc. others can only hope to be 1/4 as talented and well rounded as her. The first real book I ever read was I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Her writings motivated me to write about the things that drive me crazy as a teen. My journal and my vacations into good books were deterrents from me having any desire to pick up a gun & shoot my classmates. Promote education and literature for our youth because we are losing. Them to guns. Maya Angelou was raped and had a hard childhood, only to be seen in her death as an icon. Dr. Maya Angelou you live on through your writings but you will truly be missed.