The poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.
Angelou was born in St. Louis in 1928. She grew up in a segregated society, which she worked to change during the civil rights era.
Angelou revealed the scars of her past in the first of a series of memoirs, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," published more than four decades ago.
NPR's Lynn Neary has this remembrance.
- Lynn Neary, arts correspondent and host for NPR.
This segment aired on May 28, 2014.