May 28--The world lost one of its greatest authors, poets and thinkers of the 20th and 21st centuries with the death Wednesday of Maya Angelou.
Angelou was a standout among African-American intellectuals, often courted for commentary and speeches. She has spoken in the Kansas City area on several occasions and was to have been a feature speaker June 10 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
She has given outstanding lectures infused with poetry to packed audiences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2006 and William Jewell College in 1998. Listening to her speak is always enchanting.
Angelou, 86, had received many honors, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's coveted Spingarn Medal.
She will be greatly missed.
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