Reports: Dr. Maya Angelou dead at 86

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, poet Maya Angelou is shown in Washington.
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, poet Maya Angelou is shown in Washington.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WWBT) - Dr. Maya Angelou has reportedly died at the age of 86 in Winston-Salem, NC.

WXII, the NBC-affiliate Winston-Salem, NC cites two sources who say the Civil Rights icon, acclaimed author and prolific poet has died. She is perhaps best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, about her early life.

Angelou was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis and served with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for Dr. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights movement.

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